“Increased” police presence in Christiania following turbulent decade

Latest update on relations between Copenhagen Police and the world-famous commune describes “a persistent and focused effort towards the organized hash trade”.

A police officer patrols Pusher Street in Christiania, whilst in the background, a hash dispensary is demolished using a chainsaw. (Image: Harvey Kong)

By Jacob South Klein

Police activity in the controversial community of Freetown Christiania shows no sign of abating at the turning of the new decade.

John Engedal Nissen, Kommunikationskonsulent at Copenhagen Police, states: “We have a persistent and focused effort towards the organized hash trade in and around Pusher Street in Christiania and have had it for several years.”

“The effort has had a powerful effect, and the organized crime is under pressure.”

The cannabis trade within the commune was tolerated by the authorities until 2004, although the relationship has soured in recent times.

“Our goal is to have the area normalized. It is a long haul and requires a persistent effort,” says Nissen.

“Lately, our presence in Christiania has increased, and we regularly carry out walking patrols.”

“In general, we have a good dialogue with citizens in Christiania.”

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