Kantonspolizei Zürich

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Kantonspolizei Zürich
Landjäger-Corps des Kantons Zürich (1804 AD)
Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
Wappen Zürich matt.svg
Flag of the city and canton of Zürich
Common nameKantonspolizei Zürich
AbbreviationKapo ZH
Agency overview
Employees3,801 full time jobs,[2] 2,247 police officers and about 1,500 civilians (2015)[3]
Annual budgetCHF587 million
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionKanton Zürich, CH
Size1,729 square kilometres (668 sq mi)
Population1,504,346 (2017)
Legal jurisdictionGovernment of the canton of Zürich
Governing bodyDirektion der Justiz und des Innern
General nature
HeadquartersKasernenstrasse 29, CH-8004 Zürich
Agency executive
  • Thomas Würgler, Kommandant
Child agency
  • Kriminalpolizei, Sicherheitspolizei, Verkehrspolizei; Regionalpolizei; Flughafenpolizei Zürich; Kriminalmuseum; Verkehrsleitzentrale; Seepolizei
Stationsabout 60 as of 2015
Police carsunknown
Police boats2 (assumed, at least one speedboat, see image)
www.kapo.zh.ch (in German)

Kantonspolizei Zürich, literally meaning "Cantonal Police of Zürich", is the police department of the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. The KZ exists within the cantonal legal structure to enforce criminal, security, and traffic law on behalf of the government of the canton of Zürich, and is empowered with the executive authority of the Direktion der Justiz und des Innern, the department of justice and internal affairs of the Canton of Zürich.


The Kantonalpolizei was established in 1804 named the Landjäger-Corps des Kantons Zürich, in reaction to the civil unrest known as the Bockenkrieg. Its administrative seat was built in the city of Zürich in 1901. The KZ is the legally responsible police force for the municipalities in the canton of Zürich, including the Stadtpolizei Zürich for the City of Zürich, for matters pertaining to cantonal law.


The KZ is responsible for law enforcement protection of the Zurich Airport,[6] as well as anti-terror protection in the widest sense, and the control of potentially dangerous demonstrations and riots. Notable incidents of major police actions have included the so-called Opernhauskrawalle youth protest on 30/31 May 1980 at the Sechseläutenplatz in Zürich,[7] documented in the 2000 Swiss documentary film Züri brännt,[8] and in 1968 the so-called Globuskrawalle, rioting that took place at the former Globus department store building situated at the Bahnhofbrücke Zürich.[9]

Further duties include the support of its municipal police stations, road patrol and control, criminal investigation, and water policing on Lake Zürich.[10]

The Kantonspolizei Zürich is Switzerland's largest police force, by both personnel and financing,[1] compromising, as of January 2015, 2,247 police officers,[3] and about 3,800 full-time positions in all, including about 100 at the Zurich Airport, and having on 15 January 2015 its largest staff ever.[2] The KZ also provides the ePolice internet service,[11] houses a museum called the Kriminalmuseum that was established in 1901,[12] and an international exchange program with police forces in other countries.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Zahlen & Fakten" (in German). Kantonspolizei Zürich. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  2. ^ a b "Historischer Erfolg für die Kantonspolizei" (in German). Tages-Anzeiger. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  3. ^ a b "Kantonspolizei Zürich erreicht Sollbestand" (in German). Government of the canton of Zürich. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  4. ^ "Kantonspolizei Zürich stellt neuen Helikopter vor" (in German). Kantonspolizei Zürich. 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  5. ^ "Ein neuer Helikopter für die Kantonspolizei" (in German). Zürcher Oberländer. 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  6. ^ "Wie sicher ist der Flughafen Zürich?" (in German). 10vor10. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  7. ^ "Diskussion zu den Zürcher Jugendunruhen ("CH-Magazin" vom 15.7.1980)" (in German). SRF Kultur. 1980-07-15. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  8. ^ Franz Kasperski (2015-01-16). "Der heisse Sommer 1980: "Züri brännt"" (in German). SRF Kultur. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  9. ^ Marco Tackenberg (2012-03-24). "Jugendunruhen" (in German). HDS. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  10. ^ "Über uns" (in German). Kantonspolizei Zürich. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  11. ^ "ePolice" (in German). Kantonspolizei Zürich. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  12. ^ "Kriminalmuseum" (in German). Kantonspolizei Zürich. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  13. ^ "Nigerianische Polizisten in Zürich" (in German). 10vor10. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2015-01-17.

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