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Welcoming police pals from German twin town

ON THE BEAT ... Wuppertal police officers Svenja Beckert, left, and Sina Potter with Mayoress Stella Matthewson, and Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham at South Shields Town Hall.

ON THE BEAT ... Wuppertal police officers Svenja Beckert, left, and Sina Potter with Mayoress Stella Matthewson, and Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham at South Shields Town Hall.

TWO German police officers hit the streets of South Tyneside to see life on the beat in England.

Sina Potter and Svenja Beckert travelled from South Tyneside’s twin town of Wuppertal, in Germany, to spend four weeks with officers from South Tyneside area command.

Throughout their stay the pair were given an insight into the workings of Northumbria Police with visits to the force’s marine unit and dog section.

They also took part in self-defence training, went out on patrol with the 24/7 response teams, carried out a drugs raid in South Shields and walked the beat with the neighbourhood policing teams.

Officer Beckert said: “The whole system is different. In Germany, if you have an emergency, we go out, we fill out forms and then hand the information over to a specialist team who will then take over. Here the police officers do everything.”

Officer Potter said: “The visit has been really good. We have both had a really nice time and everyone has been really friendly.”

As part of the pair’s visit to South Tyneside, they were given a tour of South Shields Town Hall by the Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham and Mayoress Stella Matthewson.

Coun Cunningham said: “It is a delight to welcome police women from Wuppertal.

“It’s great we are able to provide a place where officers can come to enhance their training.”

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