The police embody the state’s monopoly on violence like no other institution. It is the only institution authorized to use physical coercion and to do so it can greatly interfere with the basic rights of citizens protected by the constitution. So it’s no wonder that police violence in particular is a constantly controversial area, which is also fueled by left-wing stereotypes, and has recently been massively discussed in operations such as the evacuation of the occupied village of Lützerath. Nevertheless, police officers enjoy an above-average level of trust among the population. This ambivalent perception is to be investigated in the research-based project: What. what makes a good police force? How do you exercise state power as an individual police officer?