Evanston police this winter have been hosting an intern from Germany.
Hendrick Stahn, 27, from the Hessen state region of Germany joined thepolice department’s Internship program last month as a part of his training to become a police officer in Germany.
Stahn is required to complete an internship as a part of his three years of training in the German police academy. The internship for German police recruits can take place within Germany or abroad.
Stahn decided to contact several police departments in the Chicago area because he had never been to the United States and wanted to see how policing is performed here.
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington welcomed Stahn to the program, which normally has college interns from the Chicago area as a part of a university’s graduation requirement for students entering the criminal justice field.
Stahn completes the program at the end of this week and has four more months of training upon returning to Germany where he will then be assigned to an area around Frankfort after graduating the police academy.
Stahn says he enjoyed the experience with Evanston’s department and said the United States system of policing is much more specialized than in Germany, where officers perform tasks along the generalist theory of policing.