Regional policeman Urs Brechbühler from Zofingen becomes a cop in New Orleans - a city that is one of the most dangerous in the USA and where on average one person is killed every third day. The apprenticeship is tough, everyday working life is even harder after the apprenticeship.
Urs Brechbühler, regional police officer in Zofingen in Aargau, wanted to develop further. And his American wife was homesick. On a trip to New Orleans, a cop suggested that he apply to the New Orleans Police Department. So it was that Brechbühler moved to New Orleans with his family.
The trained polymechanic has a green card, has a lot of professional experience and passed the complex entrance exams. The Swiss will be drilled at the Police Academy for seven months. He then goes on patrol for four months with an instructor to learn the police trade.
Reporter Denise Langenegger meets the Swiss cop on the last day of his training at the police academy and accompanies him on his first missions in the streets of New Orleans. Violent crime like robbery, domestic violence and homicides have decreased in the Mississippi city in recent years. Nevertheless, the crime rate is among the highest in the country. "Anyone who says they are not afraid is probably not being completely honest," says the native of Bern. “It is important that you have your fear under control and that you are always attentive, then it will be all right”.
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Swiss Cop Moves to USA


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Edward Holub