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I believe one could increase the sentences for serious crime in Denmark and deport foreigners...

I am both Danish and Afghan, but not foreign. We were among the first foreigners to arrive in Nørre Nebel. People were nice, greeted us when we met in the street, and some invited us into their homes. If you know each other’s way of living, you can live side by side, even if you are different.

When there is something I want to achieve, I commit fully in order to succeed. I train, practice, read, and dream about it at night. That is the way it was with football tricks when I was younger, and also when I applied to the Police Academy about a year ago. I am stubborn and have a strong sense of justice. I believe one could increase the sentences for serious crime in Denmark and deport foreigners who have committed rape or murder. If you cost the Danish taxpayers more than they benefit from you, you might as well go home.

My friends consider me rather tough on that point, but as long as the proportions are alright, the system should be categorical in order to create a sense of safety in the rest of the society. When I was admitted to the Police Academy it was a boyhood dream come true, and my first step to becoming one of those who go after the “bad guys”. Should I one day become head of criminal investigations, I see myself as a sort of John McClane from Die Hard, who neither sleeps nor sees the family when he is on an important case.

Haseeb Amiri / 26 years / male / in a relationship / Brøndby / Police Academy student / from Afghanistan / came to Denmark through family reunification in 2000