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Goodbye to the sheriff: Moved to tears

There was danced on the foreign and held a melancholy speak with and without accent, as the ghetto Gellerup in Aarhus Vest the other day took his leave with his very own sheriff, police commissioner Jens Espensen.

After 11 years as the head of the police station in the infamous settlement yesterday, the 62-year-old police officer retired in good order.

- When I joined the job, was there to put it mildly, a tense atmosphere out here. It was us and them. We very well knew, you would not us the best.

- But then, when you find that get 200 people to one's farewell reception, you will be touched and proud, says the station's chief.

- Well, it was a harsh place to make the service, but it was why we came out here. And it was not always just fun to go to work.

- But things have been much better. We were 14 permanent police officers in the beginning, half of which was ordered to do service in Aarhus West.

- Now we are 25-man - plus politielever during the training. Today the station has become one of the most searched places in the east Jutland Police, says Jens Espensen.

- I'm going to miss my colleagues and the good cooperation in a very colourful town. It has been both challenging and developing.

- If we have made a difference? Yes, it seems I actually, say, the ghetto sheriff.

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