The effort to halt serious crime among young immigrants in Copenhagen is not giving the intended results, according to Copenhagen Police Commissioner Hanne Bech Hansen. Her warnings come in the wake of new statistics from preliminary hearings.
A critical problem
Of a total of 85 under 18’s who appeared in preliminary hearings in Copenhagen in the first half of 2008, for crimes that can give a maximum penalty of 18 months or longer, 67% had a non-Danish ethnic background compared with 56% in 2007.
Bech Hansen tells Jyllands-Posten that crime among young immigrants is “the biggest and most critical problem in the Danish capital”.