|Director of Europol|
|Preceded by||Jürgen Storbeck|
|Succeeded by||Rob Wainwright|
|Alma mater||University of Saarbrücken|
|Profession||Law Enforcement Officer|
|Website||Ratzel Consulting Firm|
Max-Peter Ratzel (born in 1949 in Dillingen/Saar, Germany) is a German law enforcement officer, and a former Director of Europol, the European Union law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence.
The career of Director Ratzel started in the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office, Wiesbaden, Germany) in 1976, as the Head of the Organised and General Crime Department. His unit which was specialised in combating child pornography, Internet crime, counterfeit money and human trafficking, had over 850 police officers under his supervision.
On February 24, 2005, the Justice and Home Affairs Council selected Director Ratzel as the successor of Director Storbeck as the General Director of Europol. He took up his position on April 16, 2005.
In April 2009, he was succeeded by Director Wainwright.
After retiring as a civil servant Ratzel founded a security company.
- Biography of Director Ratzel from germany-info.org
- Director Ratzel in the Scotsman
- Press Conference with Director Ratzel in Washington, DC
- Director Ratzel in the European Serious Organised Crime Conference
- Director Ratzel in the 2011 Conference for Police and Law Enforcement Officers in Canada
- Director Ratzel in Deutsche Welle
- Director Ratzel in Spiegel Magazine
- Resume of Director Ratzel