Erhard Schulz is perhaps Nagold’s most famous policeman. Now the deputy head of department is retiring.
Nagold – Erhard Schulz was a passionate policeman for 45 years. Now he is 63 years old and after three extensions of his term of office, he has decided to enjoy his retirement.
On June 30, Erhard Schulz put on his uniform for the last time and went on business to the Nagold Police Station. On that day, however, there was no pile of files or unsolved cases waiting for him behind the front door, but a group of longtime colleagues and friends who, together with the farewell party, gave him a grateful and pleasant retirement. .
The right time
“It was a really nice celebration,” she says cheerfully. Erhard Schulz extended his service three times for a year each time and was not yet ready to give up his cap. But now, 45 years on, the time has come.
Schulz, who was born in Pfalzgrafenweiler, probably had no idea when he started training at Lahr and Bruchsal that his path would someday lead him to Nagold. The first station that Schulz got to know as a trained policeman was in Stuttgart from 1978. After 100 operations, the Traffic Accident Service was his first longer area of activity. In 1987, he moved to the Nagolder Revier – but was not expected to stay there continuously.
Erhard Schulz returned to school, completed his dual studies and was admitted to the higher civil service. In 1994, he returned to Nagold as a commissioner. This laid the groundwork for taking over the management of the Wildberg Police Station just one year later. At that time, there was still a service flat in it, so there was a move to the adopted house of Schulz, Wildberg. He remains faithful to this to this day, and since 1999 he has been involved in the commune council.
In 2009 we will return to Nagold
Erhard Schulz has been shaping the development of the Wildberg branch for 14 years as the post office manager. But all good things come in three: in 2009, his career took him back to Nagold. Schulz became head of the steering group and thus deputy district head. The planning, organization and management of the personnel were his main tasks from then on. He also managed a training center in Nagold. In this capacity, he looked after young people who had completed a one-year internship in the area as part of a dual training course. He was also very pleased with the regular foot patrols at Nagold and was directly accessible to all.
In 2011, the First Chief Inspector of Police was looking for a new challenge as a member of the anti-conflict team. “We are deployed where escalation is expected,” explains Schulz. This has been the case recently, for example, in the case of Monday walks. The highlight for him was the G7 summit in Garmisch in 2015, which meant a multi-day assignment in “neighboring” Bavaria, he says with a smile. “With thousands of colleagues from various federal states,” Schulz served here jointly.
Erhard Schulz has always enjoyed communicating with people in his work. While policemen by nature are not always popular with everyone, he has experienced far more pleasant than unpleasant encounters. However, he also notes that respect for the police is generally declining. However, this is a subject of a changed basic attitude in line with the motto “nobody has anything to say to me, even in uniform”.
Especially tragic events
Erhard Schulz especially remembered two events in his service. However, because they were particularly tragic. In July 2006, he went on a mission in Gültlingen as a result of an accident in which four young people were killed. Schulz was supposed to understand his loved ones, he says despondently. Another accident, which made headlines and haunted Erhard Schulz for a long time, occurred in 2017. “August 11,” he says right away. The date is imprinted. During this time, the garbage truck turned over on the car leaving Wolfsberg, killing the entire family.
Erhard Schulz shows a personal attraction that there are also some things in the police that can be treated with humor, which still makes him smile years later: on a night during the Wildberg Shepherd’s Paddock a few years ago, several people stole a car from an amusement park and rode “small Kochsteige “- until they rammed a parked car. Schulz managed to find the suspects the next day. A crime that is definitely punishable but is remembered as a funny story.
What happens after you retire? Don’t just rest, that’s clear. Erhard Schulz now spends more time with his family and pursues hobbies such as photography. He volunteers once a week as a day care driver at the Wildberg Nursing Home. He likes to explore close and not so close surroundings by bike. And the tasks of the city council are varied. He is not afraid of boredom.