List of law enforcement agencies in Germany

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Law enforcement in Germany is conducted by federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies.


  • Bundeskriminalamt (BKA): Federal Criminal Office
    • MEK (Mobiles Einsatzkommando): Special Unit for Surveillance and Detention
  • Bundespolizei (BPOL): Federal Police
    • Bereitschaftspolizei (BePo): Riot Police Branch of Federal Police
      • BFE+Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit plus: Federal Police Anti-Terror Unit
      • BFE (Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit): Federal Police Special Detention Unit
    • Bundespolizei-Fliegerstaffel: Federal Police Air Group
    • GSG 9 (Grenzschutzgruppe 9 der Bundespolizei): Federal Police Special Forces Group
    • MFE (Mobile Fahndungseinheit): Special Unit for Covered (Individual and Technical) Surveillance
  • Bundeszollverwaltung: Federal Customs Service
    • Zollkriminalamt (ZKA): Customs Investigation Bureau
      • ZUZ (Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll): Customs SWAT Unit
  • Feldjägertruppe: Military Police of the Federal Defense Force
  • Polizei beim Deutschen Bundestag (Polizei DBT): Federal Parliament Police, responsible for the protection of the premises of the Bundestag in Berlin. For reason of the independence of the legislative power from the executive, there exists a separate body who answers not to the Minister of the Interior, but to the President of the Bundestag


The Police Structure of the States[edit]

  • Landespolizei: State Police
    • Schutzpolizei (SchuPo): Uniformed Branch of State Police
    • Landeskriminalamt (LKA): State Criminal Office
      • MEK (Mobiles Einsatzkommando): Special Unit for Surveillance and Detention
    • Kriminalpolizei (KriPo): Detective Branch of State Police
    • Bereitschaftspolizei (BePo): Riot Police Branch of State Police
      • BFE (Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit): State Police Special Detention Unit
    • SEK (Spezialeinsatzkommando): SWAT unit of State Police
    • Autobahnpolizei: Highway Patrol of State Police
    • Wasserschutzpolizei (WSP): River Branch of State Police
    • Wachpolizei (WaPol): Branch of State Police for the security of state government buildings or diplomatic facilities, only in the states of Berlin and Hesse
  • Justiz: Penitentiary Police

Auxiliary State Police Forces[edit]

State Police Forces[edit]


See also[edit]