Re: Geneva police expatriate survey - your thoughts?
I've witnessed a few situations where the police literally did not do anything regarding expats experiencing trouble or violence.
We were a group of about 20-30 people celebrating graduation. At the point of entry of the club Palais Mascot in Pacquis the guards were so rude. A friend of mine started screaming at them. The guard literally took her by the hair and then kicked her out, punching her in the face. Scandalous! We called the police. When they arrived instead of investigating the case, they started laughing at us TOGETHER with the violent bouncers, and said that this is Geneva and we have to speak French to them. They were obviously buddies with the bouncers. So they didn't do anything in a case of violence with 20+ witnesses.
It's known also that Pacquis is a hub for human trafficking and forced prostitution. It's a public secret that the police in Pacquis is corrupt -- how can you explain that in the above case the police takes sides with the popular stripclub/disco in the face of physical violence against a young foreign woman.
I think this takes the criticism further. It is one thing that there are drug dealers, pick pockets, etc. on the streets -- this will happen and the police cannot be held accountable for each and every event of crime. However, the test is whether called upon, the police is proactive or on the contrary, they are laughing in your face, together with the perpetrators.
I am sure you also know the street game with the ball and three boxes. There are many gangs practicing this fraud on the streets of Geneva and they can get pretty violent as well. If ordinary people can easily spot the fraud and the ones in the gang, any below average cop should be able to go and bust them. When I say that, do you know what I hear? Yes, but the police posted their photos as a warning. This is an illicit street activity -- they have all the right to go, bust the gang, and arrest those criminals. I have seen it happen with homeless individuals. The police should really focus on the more grave crimes.
As a counter-example, I know of a situation when a woman ordered a salad. When brought the salad by the waiter, she saw that the dish didn't correspond to the size that she ordered. She refused to pay for the salad and returned it. The waiter called the police and they did come in this case to 'restore justice'. The police is always there for noise violation as well.
To sum up, the police is really not acting as a police -- not addressing cases of violence and fraud but always there to 'enforce the salad'.