Federal Criminal Police Office (Germany)

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Federal Criminal Police Office
- BKA -

State level Federation
position Higher federal authority
criminal prosecution authority
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of the Interior
founding March 15, 1951
Headquarters Wiesbaden , HesseHesseHesse 
Authority management President
Holger Münch
Vice President
Martina Link
Jürgen Peter
Michael Kretschmer
Servants 7.130 (July 2020)
Budget volume EUR 794.35 million (target 2020)
Web presence www.bka.de
BKA official stamp , back (official number made unrecognizable)
Badge, front

The Federal Criminal Police Office ( BKA ) is a higher federal authority of the Federal Republic of Germany, subordinate to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, with locations in Wiesbaden (head office), Berlin and Meckenheim near Bonn. Together with the Federal Police and the police at the German Bundestag , it is one of the three police forces of the Federation.

As the central office of the German criminal police, it has the task of the national fight against crime in close cooperation with the State Criminal Police Offices to coordinate. In this context, the BKA maintains central identification and forensic facilities and collections.

The BKA has its own investigative powers in certain serious crime areas, especially in transnational and international contexts. In addition, the BKA can become involved in investigations if the Federal Public Prosecutor issues a corresponding order, a state authority requests it or the Federal Ministry of the Interior orders it.

In addition, the BKA protects members of the federal constitutional organs and witnesses at the federal level. The BKA represents the Federal Republic of Germany at Interpol as the national central office.


1950s and 1960s

Establishment of the office

At the end of 1945 the Allied occupying powers established the first regional criminal investigation offices. In coordination with the Allies, the state governments combined the regional criminal investigation offices to form "State criminal police offices". The Basic Law confirmed that police sovereignty does not lie with the federal government, but with the states. The federal government was only granted the authority to maintain a central criminal police office ( Art. 73 , Art. 87 GG ). On March 15, 1951, the law on the establishment of a Federal Criminal Police Office came into force on this constitutional basis .

In April / May 1951, Wiesbaden was selected as the seat of the BKA by the then federal government. In a cabinet meeting on October 27, 1950, Hamburg was still planned as the seat, as the city had "always been a leader in the international fight against criminals". She took over the tasks of the Criminal Police Office for the British Zone in Hamburg, which was transferred to this with the creation of the BKA as a branch office. An independent nationwide organization for combating crime was very controversial at the time, both from the point of view of the countries that wanted to maintain their independence, as well as because of the demands of the three Western allies, taking into account the experience with a centrally managed police force in the National Socialist past (cf. . also Reich Security Main Office ) to organize the police as decentrally as possible. Initially, the BKA was mainly assigned tasks of coordination without so-called executive powers. Criminal investigations could only be commenced by special order of the Federal Minister of the Interior or at the request of the federal states.

In 1952 the BKA was incorporated into the International Criminal Police Organization IKPO ( Interpol ). The BKA was responsible both for the central office for the state police and for its own investigations into certain defined areas of crime. In 1951 the number of employees at the BKA was 355, in 1960 it was 637. The budget volume in 1960 was around 5.5 million. EUR.

Persistence of the Nazi era in terms of personnel, organizational structure and police concepts

When it was founded, and for the next 20 years, the authority had, like the judiciary, the protection of the constitution and the BND, an initially almost one hundred percent stock of former members of the NSDAP and members of the SS , especially in the management floor . It was built under the direction of the detective inspectors and former SS members Paul Dickopf and Rolf Holle . Bernhard Niggemeyer , who was in competition with Holle and Dickopf and who founded and headed the BKA's Criminal Investigation Institute, was also influential in establishing the BKA . In 1959, two thirds of the officers in the BKA leadership were former SS members, three quarters had previously belonged to the NSDAP. Only two of 47 senior officials at the BKA had no Nazi past, 33 were former SS leaders . These SS leaders and employees who had been charged included:

Max Hagemann , who became president of the BKA in 1951, was the responsible advisor in the Bonn Ministry of the Interior for the establishment of the BKA.

Even in 1969, a quarter of the BKA leadership were former SS members, and half of all officials were once members of the NSDAP.

Not only was the staff largely the same as in the Nazi era , but also the organizational structure and the way of working. The structure of the organization, instructions and forms were largely copied, Dickopf took over budget calculations, position plans and work instructions for the BKA partly 1: 1 from the Reich Criminal Police Office , the structure of which also served as a model and blueprint for the BKA.

The concept of crime and the theory of combating crime also followed almost seamlessly from the Nazi era, especially with regard to the perception of Sinti and Roma.

Beginning of the official processing of history in 2007/2008

Almost 60 years after the founding of the BKA, Jörg Ziercke commissioned an external research group led by the historian Patrick Wagner to come to terms with the Nazi past in 2008 after a colloquium in 2007 . According to the President of the Federal Criminal Police Office, Ziercke, the aim is to “demand and promote a culture of remembrance”. A few years earlier, Dieter Schenk's research work and others had been denied any support or recognition. The investigation itself had been declared superfluous by Interior Minister Otto Schily. Ziercke's decision was preceded by demands from the police union GdP 2004 and a small inquiry from the PDS in 2001 to which the federal government replied: “The Federal Criminal Police Office has no National Socialist past. It was founded in 1951. "


The expansion of the BKA began in the early 1970s. The Attorney General has now been authorized to commission the BKA with police investigations. In 1972 the INPOL search system was installed at the BKA. In 1970 the number of employees at the BKA was 1211. The budget volume in 1970 was around 19.9 million. EUR.

In 1973 the BKA law was amended so that the Federal Criminal Police Office was given new responsibilities in the fight against certain serious organized crimes with an international dimension if investigations abroad were necessary. It was now responsible for internationally organized drug, weapons and counterfeit money offenses as well as terrorist attacks against constitutional organs of the federal government. Because of the activities of the Red Army Fraction , the Department for Combating Terrorism (TE) was set up in 1975 under Gerhard Boeden at what was then Bonn - Bad Godesberg . The BKA was now the coordination point in the field of combating politically motivated acts of violence. Under the direction of BKA President Horst Herold - to combat terrorist activities - the computer search was introduced. The Federal Criminal Police Office also experienced a strong increase in personnel and material. The number of employees, which was 818 in 1965, rose to 3,339 by 1980.

The DNA analysis file is centralized in the BKA. It is a composite file that is operated for all police forces. The DNA data of criminals is stored here and traces of crime scenes are registered and compared. DNA evidence is the most successful criminalist instrument today in identifying perpetrators and assigning evidence of crime.

In 1972 the home security service of the Federal Criminal Police Office was founded (today BKA security service ).


No significant new tasks were added in the 1980s. The BKA has now been equipped with the latest information and communication technology. In 1981 the location of the departments responsible for preventive and repressive state security was relocated from Bonn-Bad Godesberg to Meckenheim (near Bonn).

After German unification, the BKA supported the establishment of new state criminal investigation offices in the new federal states. The treaty on the European Union , which came into force in 1993, concentrated and bundled the forms of police cooperation ( immigration , customs, etc.). The planning for a European police office - Europol - began, which should bring together the work of the respective national central authorities and make it accessible to all. In 1980 the number of employees at the BKA was 3,339. The budget volume in 1980 was around 144.2 million. EUR.


In 1990 the number of employees was 3,979. The budget volume in 1990 was the equivalent of around 168.2 million. EUR. In 1997, the criminal prosecution powers of the BKA were expanded again. The federal states were granted the competence to work together with neighboring states in the area close to the border. The international service dealings with the police authorities of other countries were otherwise completely reserved for the BKA.

In 1999, the security group ( personal protection ) department responsible for protecting the members of the federal constitutional organs was relocated to Berlin in connection with the move of the core area of ​​the federal government; this only reduced the size of the site slightly.

Since 2000

In 2000 the number of employees was 4,529. The budget volume in 2000 was the equivalent of around 298.1 million. EUR. In 2004, Federal Interior Minister Otto Schily was considering relocating large parts and the headquarters to Berlin in order to “bundle security policy tasks” there . With the support of regional and local politicians in the Wiesbaden and Meckenheim area, there were massive protests by employees of the BKA, which ultimately led to President Ulrich Kersten being temporarily retired by Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily and his Vice President responsible for administration, Rudolf Atzbach , who had to leave the BKA.

Finally, in the spring of 2004, it was decided that around 500 employees would be relocated from the Wiesbaden and Meckenheim locations to expand the Berlin location; however, the originally planned closure of the locations was reversed, the locations will be reduced comparatively little (in Meckenheim from approx. 1100 to 900 digits). In 2004 and early 2005, the Islamist Terrorism Group was relocated to Berlin and the new International Coordination (IK) department was set up with a unit for strategic analyzes in the federal capital. At the same time, a Joint Counter-Terrorism Center (GTAZ) was set up at the BKA Berlin . The construction of the new Berlin units and the relocation of the corresponding employees were completed in 2006.

Since August 2004, a new building has been constructed in the Äppelallee property in Wiesbaden , which serves as accommodation for the forensic technology department and has office and laboratory rooms. The new building was handed over to the Federal Criminal Police Office in September 2007.

As part of the 2006 federalism reform, the Federal Criminal Police Office was given responsibility for the defense against international terrorism in cases in which there is a transnational risk, the responsibility of a federal state is not recognizable or a state asks for support ( Art. 73 (1) No. 9a GG). For this purpose, the BKA was granted numerous new competencies, such as a. the clandestine online search. Since then, the BKA has also been running the anti-terror file . In 2019, the number of employees at the BKA was 6,369. The share of collective bargaining employees was 31.6 percent. The budget volume in 2018 was the equivalent of around 673.6 million. EUR.


The tasks of the Federal Criminal Police Office are derived from Art. 73 No. 10 and Art. 87 GG. According to this, the federal government has exclusive legislation on "[...] cooperation between the federal government and the states in the criminal police" and the "[...] establishment of a federal criminal police office and the fight against international crime". For this purpose, the federal government can, by law, set up "[...] central offices for police information and intelligence, for the criminal police and for the collection of documents".

From this distribution of competencies between the federal government and the federal states, it follows that in principle responsibility for averting danger and fighting crime lies with the police authorities of the federal states. Exceptions to this principle are regulated in the law on the Federal Criminal Police Office and the cooperation of the federal government and the states in criminal police matters ( BKA law ) . These exceptions may apply. a. For:

  • Investigations (and, in some cases, security) in cases of national and international terrorism
  • Investigations into the international trade in narcotics, weapons, ammunition and explosives as well as the production of counterfeit money
  • Investigations commissioned by a public prosecutor, a competent state authority, the Federal Minister of the Interior or the Federal Prosecutor General
  • Protection of the German constitutional organs (Federal President, Chancellor, other cabinet members, Federal Constitutional Court, members of the Bundestag, etc.) and their (foreign) guests
  • Protection of witnesses
  • Investigations into crimes against critical infrastructures (Kritis)
  • Coordination of national and international police cooperation, e.g. B. with the German LKÄ, Europol, Interpol or foreign police authorities like the FBI
  • Collection and evaluation of police information
  • Provision of information collections and databases, e.g. B. INPOL, Schengen Information System, ATD, RED, AFIS u. a.
  • Support of national and international police authorities, courts and public prosecutors with scientific investigations and analyzes, e.g. B. Forensics, Criminology

As a subordinate authority, the BKA is part of the Federal Ministry of the Interior .


main building

Property on Thaerstrasse in Wiesbaden
Employees (as of July 2020)
Employees: 7,130
thereof detectives : 3,809 (53.4%)
of which other civil servants : 1,075 (15.1%)
of which collective bargaining employees : 2,210 (31.0%)
thereof trainees : 36 (0.5%)
Locations and addresses
Federal Criminal Police Office Wiesbaden

Thaerstraße 11
65193 Wiesbaden

Federal Criminal Police Office Bonn (Meckenheim)

Gerhard-Boeden-Strasse 2
53340 Meckenheim

Federal Criminal Police Office Berlin

Am Treptower Park 5-8
12435 Berlin

Department ZI - Central Information Management

Department ST - State Police

  • Management and reporting, analysis
  • Hazard processing
  • State Security Situation Center
  • Politically Motivated Crime - Terrorism / Extremism
    • International terrorism, religiously motivated extremism / terrorism
    • Politically motivated foreign crime
    • Politically motivated crime right / left as well as National Socialist violent crimes (NSG)
    • State terrorism
  • espionage
  • Politically motivated gun crime, proliferation , ABC gun crime
  • State / intelligence controlled cybercrime / espionage
  • War Crimes (War Crimes Unit), Central Office for combating war crimes and other crimes under international criminal code (ZBKV)
  • Financial investigations state security
See also: State Security

Department SO - Serious and Organized Crime

Chancellor Merkel with bodyguards from the BKA
Armored limousine of the Federal President
Special protected vehicles of a personal protection command

Department SG - security group

  • SG E (mission)
    • Personal protection commands (Federal President, Chancellor, Federal Minister, etc.)
    • Foreign state guests
    • Operational support, education
    • Specialized personal protection forces such as foreign and special missions (ASE)
  • SG F (command and situation center)
    • Situation center
    • Logistics, IT support
    • Basic and advanced training in personal protection

Security group is the name of the department of the Federal Criminal Police Office, which is responsible for the protection of the members of the Federal German constitutional organs and their foreign guests. The SG was set up in Bonn in 1951. Initially, only 26 police officers performed the protective tasks. In the first few years they only had very limited equipment available for this.

Since September 7, 1999, the headquarters of the department has been the BKA property Kasernengelände Am Treptower Park in Berlin, where other units of the Federal Criminal Police Office are also housed. The officers of the security group are specially selected police officers who come from the BKA, the Federal Police or a state criminal investigation office and receive extensive training in personal protection. You have to have a stable character, achieve top sporting performances, have excellent behavior, master the armored vehicles , be able to shoot very well and react quickly and appropriately in all situations. In addition, some of them are trained as paramedics so that they can take over first aid in an emergency. The security group has the difficult task of protecting the people they protect against possible attacks, even in their private lives, while still allowing as much transparency and closeness to the citizens as possible .

The security group was at times also responsible for investigations into criminal offenses by federal employees and for all investigations into high and state treason. She also investigated terrorists, particularly the Red Army faction . The security group was divided into two subgroups: SG I was responsible for the actual personal protection and SG II took over the investigative service.

The SG department is currently organized in the form of a staff line system: operational personal protection is covered by the SG E (deployment) areas. Supporting as well as organizational services are located with SG F in a staff area, the command and situation center.

When it comes to property protection - i.e. external (building) security - the security group cooperates with the federal police , the police at the German Bundestag and the state police.

Arrest demonstration by the BKA-MEK

Department OE - operational support and investigative support

The new building of the Forensic Science Institute in the Wiesbadener Äppelallee

Department KT - Forensic Institute

  • Identification Commission (IdKo)
  • Crime scene group , forensics
  • Explosive and fire crimes , defusing , ABC crime cake
  • Application-related research to improve and establish investigation procedures and securing evidence
  • Technical and scientific facilities for the preparation of expert opinions for police stations, public prosecutors and courts in the areas (national and international):
    • Ballistics , fire and room explosion studies
    • DNA analysis , examination of material and microscopic traces
    • Handwriting examination, speech recognition, examination of documents
    • Physical, biological and chemical central laboratory, toxicology
    • Digital electronics, data reconstruction, image and signal analysis, cryptanalysis

On February 29, 2008 the new building of the Forensic Science Institute was inaugurated in the Wiesbadener Äppelallee after about two years of construction.

IT - Information Technology Department

  • Information and communication management
  • Classic IT and office communication, such as operating system administration, office tools, etc.
  • Maintenance of police data ( INPOL , Interpol , Europol , SIRENE , anti-terror file )

Department IZ - International Coordination, Education and Research Center

  • Maintaining EU and international cooperation
  • Coordination of liaison officers
  • Advice center for practical police legal questions, legal policy
  • Police training (national / international)
    • General education and training, education management
    • Criminal police special training, police training
    • International police training and equipment assistance
  • Criminal Institute
    • Federal University of Applied Sciences , criminal investigation department
    • Forensic and criminological police research
      • Research and advice center on terrorism / extremism
      • Research and Advice Center for Police Criminal Statistics (PKS), dark field research
      • Cybercrime research and advice center
      • Research and advice center for organized crime, economic crime, crime prevention
  • Public relations , internet editing

ZV department - central and administrative tasks

  • General personnel matters
  • House, property and construction management, including central service conference logistics
  • Budget, procurement and asset management
  • Inner organization
  • Internal service
  • Legal Office
  • Staff expenses, staff welfare
  • Personnel planning, deployment and recruitment
  • Personal and material security, security, internal investigations
  • Internal audit, corruption prevention
  • Vehicle management and maintenance

Department TE - Islamist Motivated Terrorism / Extremism

The TE department was set up on November 1, 2019. In terms of personnel, the department mainly consists of the sub-area of ​​Department ST, which was already involved in the fight against Islamist terrorism, but expects new positions to grow in the next few years. The department largely takes on the same tasks as before as a sub-area in the state police force. Dealing with returnees from war zones in Syria and Iraq is introduced as a new task in order to be able to assess the dangers they pose. In addition, the role of the Federal Criminal Police Office as a central and investigative agency is to be expanded and the fight against Islamic terrorism to be strengthened.

CC Department - Cybercrime

The CC department started its work on April 1, 2020. The number of staff in the department is expected to increase to around 280 detectives, analysts and IT experts in the following years . The department emerged from the Cybercrime or Information and Communication Crime (IuK) group of the SO department.

Her main tasks include:

  • Investigations against cyber criminals
  • Evaluation of data and situation assessment
  • Preparation and analysis of information
  • Protection of federal institutions and critical infrastructures against cyber attacks
  • Advice on the (further) development of legal provisions
  • Investigative support for other departments
  • Training for non-specialist employees of the BKA
  • Management of the Central Contact Point Cybercrime


The BKA is part of forms of cooperation and centers for combating various forms of crime:

In particularly extensive investigative procedures, investigation groups (EG) or so-called special organizational structures (BAO) are set up by the BKA . Here, staff from various departments, authorities or even from the state police are often brought together.


General structure

Federal Criminal Police Office employees (red) and expenses (black) 1951–2016

The BKA currently (July 2020) has around 7,100 employees (in January 2019 around 6,400 employees). These are divided into around 3,800 detective officers, around 1,100 administrative officials and 2,200 employees from various scientific and technical fields (natural sciences, humanities). The proportion of female employees is 39.6%, which is why the BKA is trying to increase this proportion in all occupational groups. 61.1% of the trainees are women.


In addition to the usual search for civil servants and employees from a variety of disciplines on the open labor market, the BKA also trains itself. These include the classic vocational training professions such as automotive mechatronics technician, office communication clerk or IT specialist. In the summer of 2020, the BKA had over 30 trainees. In addition, the BKA's junior police officers are trained by means of dual courses of study (criminal investigation, administrative informatics, student funding).

Applicants for the career of the senior criminal service (criminal police), for example, go through a multi-stage recruitment and selection process (EAV) . This consists of a written and an oral part (including group discussion and individual interview), a psychodiagnostic test, a sports test, a medical examination and a safety check.

The BKA also recruits graduates of selected master’s courses (business administration, politics, law, etc.) to the higher police force. For this purpose, a similar EAV must be passed through as with the upscale criminal service.

Police training in the upscale criminal service

After passing the EAV , the detective inspector candidates study for three years at the Federal University of Applied Sciences, criminal police department as part of a dual course of study. A Bachelor of Arts (BA), criminal law enforcement service at the BKA can be obtained as a degree and academic degree . During your studies you will go through training stations in various departments of the BKA as well as with a state police. The practical course content at the BKA includes: a. shooting training, self-defense and arrest techniques ( Krav Maga , Jiu Jitsu , Judo ), driver training, police tactics and forensics.

After successfully completing the dual course of study, the official title of detective inspector is awarded in addition to the BA. This is followed by a three-year trial period at the BKA, which in probation and continuing suitability of lifetime tenure may follow.

If a candidate already has a bachelor's degree, the three-year course can be shortened to 24 months (similar to the qualification measure for cybercriminals). The subject area of ​​the bachelor's degree is unimportant here, it is only about the academic degree bachelor , as this is the prerequisite for the advanced civil service career .

Cyber ​​criminologists

The BKA offers IT graduates (Bachelor / Diploma) the opportunity to enter the higher-level criminal service after completing their studies. To do this, a 24-month qualification measure must first be completed (initially set up in TVöD EG10). During this phase, criminal and legal content is conveyed and internships are carried out in the relevant work areas (e.g. communication monitoring, IT forensics, cybercrime investigations). After completing the qualification measure, you will be employed as a criminal superintendent (A10). A similar model has already been used by the Bavarian police.

Official titles

Official titles of the police officers in the BKA correspond to those of the German criminal police. The term "ranks", which is sometimes mistakenly used, is incorrect because in Germany it is only applicable to members of the military, not to police officers. Like all other German officials, police officers have official or service titles (if they are still candidates).

see official titles


The office management of the BKA consists of the president and three (until 2020 only two) vice-presidents. The BKA President is a political official and is appointed for life by the Federal President on the proposal of the Federal Interior Minister. The Federal Minister of the Interior can put the President into early retirement.

The President of the Federal Criminal Police Office is paid according to salary group B 9 and the vice-presidents according to B 6.

On April 1, 2020, Martina Link became the first woman to become Vice President of the BKA.

President Holger Münch (2019)


  1. Max Hagemann (1951–1952)
  2. Hanns Jess ( CDU ) (1952–1955)
  3. Reinhard Dullien (1955–1964)
  4. Paul Dickopf (1965–1971), previously Vice President
  5. Horst Herold ( SPD ) (1971 - March 1981)
  6. Heinrich Boge ( SPD ) (March 1981 - 1990)
  7. Hans-Ludwig Zachert (1990 - April 1996), previously Vice President from 1987 to 1990
  8. Klaus Ulrich Kersten (April 1996 - February 2004)
  9. Jörg Ziercke ( SPD ), (February 26, 2004 - November 30, 2014)
  10. Holger Münch (since December 1, 2014)

Vice President

Acting Vice-Presidents
Former Vice Presidents

After Rolf Holle left in 1972, the BKA leadership was reorganized. In the course of this restructuring, a "Vice President" position was officially established for the first time, which was filled by Werner Heinl:

Cases and investigations (selection)

Research and Public Relations


In addition to a library, the BKA maintains a literature documentation center that operates a web-based information system for specialist police literature (computer-based documentation system for literature COD) via Extrapol .

The Federal Criminal Police Office compiles and publishes the Police Criminal Statistics (PKS) annually .

Since 2008, the BKA has held three colloquia to discuss the influence of National Socialism on the BKA. The Zierckes initiative was criticized in police union publications.

public relation

For the first time in the more than 50-year history of the office, an “ open day ” took place on September 9, 2006 , more than 11,000 guests came to the Wiesbaden headquarters on Geisberg to find out about the work of the BKA. The day before, on September 8, 2006, five BKA bands played in the context of the first BKA band festival “Rock am Geisberg”. Two other bands performed at the open house on September 9th. The second open day took place on June 19, 2010, the third on September 14, 2013.

Autumn meetings

The so-called autumn conference has been held regularly at the BKA since 1954. This usually takes place at the end of October or the beginning of November each year and deals with a specific set of topics.

# year Event date and place theme swell
64. 2018 November 21-22, 2018; Wiesbaden Security in an open and digital society
63. 2017 November 15-16, 2017; Ingelheim am Rhein Police in transition - challenges and future strategies
62. 2016 November 15-16, 2016;


Crime in Germany under the influence of global crises and conflicts?
61. 2015 November 18-19; Electoral Palace in Mainz International Terrorism: How Can Prevention and Repression Keep Up?
60. 2014 November 19-20; Electoral Palace in Mainz Organized crime
59. 2013 November 12th to 13th Cybercrime - threat, intervention, defense
58. 2012 November 13-14 Combating right-wing extremism - a challenge for society as a whole
57. 2011 December 6th and 7th 60 years of the BKA - in the field of tension between freedom and security
56. 2010 October 19th and 20th Violence phenomena - structures, developments and need for reaction
55. 2009 November 25th and 26th Worldwide hot spots of crime - effects on Germany
54. 2008 November 12-14 Economic crime and globalization - the police face new challenges
53. 2007 November 20-22 Internet crime scene - a global challenge for domestic security
52. 2006 November 14th to 16th Illegal Migration - Societies and Police Fields of Action in Transition
51. 2005 New alliances against crime and violence
50. 2004 November 2nd to 4th Networks of Terror - Networks Against Terror
49. 2003 December 2nd to 4th Information and communication crime
48. 2002 November 19-21 Economic crime and corruption
47. 2001 November 13th to 15th The originally planned topic of white-collar crime was changed at short notice due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 : Challenge for the international community - The police fight against international terrorism
46. 2000 November 21-23 Right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia, inventory - perspectives - problem solving
45. 1999 Fighting crime in a Europe that is growing closer together
44. 1998 November 17th to 19th On the Threshold of the 21st Century: Modern Security Strategies Against Crime
43. 1997 November 18-21 New freedoms, new risks, new opportunities
42. 1996 November 29-22 Organized crime
41. 1995 November 14th to 17th The victim and the fight against crime
40. 1994 November 8-11 Current methods of forensic science and forensics
39. 1993 November 23-26 Current phenomena of violence

Locations and properties

The BKA has its headquarters in Wiesbaden, there are also other locations in Meckenheim near Bonn and in Berlin . In addition, the BKA has several properties in Wiesbaden and Berlin:

place designation Employees coordinate
Wiesbaden Main building on Thaerstrasse circa 1700 50 ° 5 '52 "  N , 8 ° 14' 45"  E Coordinates: 50 ° 5 '52 "  N , 8 ° 14' 45"  E
Wiesbaden-Biebrich Äppelallee about 500 50 ° 2 ′ 50 "  N , 8 ° 13 ′ 40"  E
Wiesbaden Europaviertel about 500 50 ° 4 ′ 14 "  N , 8 ° 13 ′ 11"  E
Wiesbaden Guesthouse Tränkweg   50 ° 5 ′ 53 "  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 25"  E
Wiesbaden Rosselstrasse   50 ° 5 ′ 37 "  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 26"  E
Wiesbaden ( Mainz-Kastel ) Acorum about 150 50 ° 1 ′ 48 "  N , 8 ° 16 ′ 52"  E
Berlin- Treptow Barracks area at Treptower Park   52 ° 29 ′ 32 "  N , 13 ° 27 ′ 22"  E
Berlin- Treptow Treptowers   52 ° 29 ′ 43 "  N , 13 ° 27 ′ 40"  E
Meckenheim ( Merl )     50 ° 38 ′ 19 ″  N , 7 ° 2 ′ 28 ″  E


Internet blocking

In the discussion about the implementation of the regulation initiated by Ursula von der Leyen for blocking websites , the authority was given the task of examining the police efficiency of the two alternative concepts of internet blocking and deletion . In the concept of blocking, the BKA was intended to be the federal authority that would have created the corresponding list of the content to be blocked.

In this context, representatives of the authority repeatedly emphasized that simply deleting them would not enable the BKA to effectively combat illegal content on the Internet. The agency issued several statements which repeatedly underlined this position and urged the introduction of network blocking. On April 5, 2011, the federal government decided to repeal the Access Difficulty Act. Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger explained the reasons for the decision with the words "According to current figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office, 93 percent of child pornographic content has been deleted after two weeks, and after four weeks it is even 99 percent".

Use of honeypots

An article on the homepage of the BKA served the criminologists as a honeypot to identify members of the militant group (mg) . This procedure, which became known in 2007, was and is highly controversial.

Domestic surveillance by the BKA

The BKA uses software to spy on computers via Trojans. The so-called state Trojan is installed on suspects' computers, for example, by email or USB stick. Police officers can then monitor Skype, email and chat programs on computers over the Internet, among other things. In February 2012 it became known that the Federal Criminal Police Office had saved phone sex recordings using Trojans.

It is controversial that the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is involved in the creation of the software architecture and the source code check. CSC had come under fire because the American mother of CSC is one of the closest IT service providers to the US secret service NSA. Among other things, a subsidiary of CSC is said to have participated in kidnapping flights of terror suspects by the CIA. Data protection experts had criticized that CSC could pass on confidential information to US intelligence services.

In the period from December 14, 2011 to February 10, 2012, all data from telecommunications surveillance measures by the BKA and the Federal Police were irretrievably deleted at the Wiesbaden BKA location due to a software error.


  • The American FBI is quite popular with authors in a wide variety of fictional media. The BKA is occasionally approached for acts that take place in Germany - especially in foreign productions. Examples are various TV productions as well as the BKA inspector Lunge in the Japanese manga series Monster .
  • In 2009 the BKA equipped the Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security with surveillance technology. In 2010, Kyrgyz security authorities carried out arbitrary arrests and torture , according to Human Rights Watch .

See also


From the BKA

  • The BKA publishes its own book series (Police & Research) in Luchterhand Fachverlag .
  • The publication Bundeskriminalblatt is published for the German police every working day .
  • The Federal Criminal Police Office faces its history - Documentation of a series of colloquia, Luchterhand Fachverlag, Cologne 2008, ISBN 3-472-07465-5 . Online edition (PDF) accessed on 23 August 2019.

About the BKA

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c Office management of the Federal Criminal Police Office bka.de
  2. a b c d e f g h The BKA - facts and figures / , Federal Criminal Police Office, accessed on 16 July 2020
  3. Bundeshaushalt.de: www.Bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved June 26, 2020 .
  4. https://www.bka.de/DE/UnsereAufgabe/Aufgabehaben/InternationaleFfunktion/internationaleffunktion_node.html
  5. 106th Cabinet meeting. In: Cabinet Protocols 1950. The Federal Archives, October 27, 1950, accessed on January 27, 2014 .
  6. Federal Criminal Police Office (ed.): The Federal Criminal Police Office faces its history. Documentation of a series of colloquia , Lucherhand Fachverlag, 2008, ISBN 3-472-07465-5 , online edition ( Memento from February 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF), accessed on November 20, 2010.
  7. Raphael Gross : The offended nationalist. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . No. 270/2010 of November 27, 2010, p. 33.
  8. Dieter Schenk: Blind in the right eye. The brown roots of the BKA. Cologne 2001, p. 17.
  9. Braunes Kriminalamt - Organization plan of the BKA 1954.
  10. ^ A b Jan Friedmann: New study on the BKA: Pension Fund for Ex-Nazis. Spiegel Online , December 7, 2011, accessed June 21, 2012 .
  11. Jörg Ziercke in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on September 5, 2007, p. 2: The Internet must not be a space free of law enforcement.
  12. Dieter Schenk: Blind in the right eye. The brown roots of the BKA. Cologne 2001
  13. Ernst Klee, Das Personenlexikon zum Third Reich, Frankfurt a. M. 2005
  14. Persecutors became hunters. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. October 31, 2007, p. 11.
  15. Maike Röttger: The BKA and its brown roots. Retrieved May 13, 2017 .
  16. Romani Rose : The processing of the history of National Socialism as an opportunity for the rule of law treatment of minorities. In: Imanuel Baumann, Herbert Reinke, Andrej Stephan, Patrick Wagner: Shadows of the Past - The BKA and its founding generation in the early Federal Republic. Special volume, 2012.
  17. Information on the website of the Federal Criminal Police Office. ( Memento from September 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  18. ^ From the SS to the BKA. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Edition of March 8, 2013, p. 33.
  19. Andreas Schwegel: On the way to a "German FBI"? Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and federal security architecture under the sign of the fight against terrorism , in: Robert Glawe (Ed.): A new German security architecture - impulses for the national strategy debate (Wissenschaft & Sicherheit Vol. 6), Berlin 2009, pp. 307-319
  20. Dralle, Tilman: BKA law fails in the Federal Council , in: ADLAS of the Dresden Working Group for Security and Foreign Policy , 2:11, November 2008, p. 4
  21. BKA - facts and figures. Retrieved July 10, 2020 .
  22. https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/behoerden/DE/bka.html
  23. BKA - facts and figures. Retrieved July 21, 2020 .
  24. BKA - Central Office for Combating War Crimes and Other Crimes According to the International Criminal Code (ZBKV). Retrieved December 19, 2017 .
  25. Reinhard Scholzen: The Chancellor's porter. Konrad Adenauer and the early years of the security group . In: Courage . Forum for culture, politics and history . No. 450 , February 2005, p. 24-33 .
  26. ^ Werner Schmidt: Federal Minister of the Interior Schily handed over 90,000 square meters of office in Treptow. In: Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin). September 8, 1999, accessed January 27, 2014 .
  27. ^ Department "Security Group " (SG) on bka.de, July 1, 2016; accessed on November 21, 2016
  28. Press release: New building of the Forensic Institute in the Federal Criminal Police Office inaugurated ( memento from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) from February 29, 2008
  29. Schäuble calls for the "criminal technology network" against terrorism on heise online from February 29, 2008
  30. Archived copy ( Memento from February 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  31. BKA intensifies the fight against Islamist terrorism / New department "TE" in the Federal Criminal Police Office started work today. Federal Criminal Police Office, November 1, 2019, accessed on November 1, 2019 .
  32. BKA - Islamist Motivated Terrorism / Extremism. Retrieved March 5, 2020 .
  33. BKA - List page for press releases 2020 - Federal Criminal Police Office strengthens the fight against cybercrime. Retrieved April 1, 2020 .
  34. ^ BKA - Cybercrime. Retrieved April 8, 2020 .
  35. BKA - facts and figures. Retrieved July 16, 2020 .
  36. BKA - facts and figures. Retrieved July 21, 2020 .
  37. BKA - dual study of the superior criminal service. Retrieved July 3, 2020 .
  38. publisher: BKA - Cyber-Kriminalist / -in - Qualification measure to become a cyber criminalist. Retrieved March 11, 2018 .
  39. a b c BKA - List page for press releases 2020 - Martina Link and Jürgen Peter are new BKA Vice Presidents. Retrieved April 1, 2020 .
  40. Press release of the BKA from March 5, 2015
  41. Hans-Dieter Schwind (Ed.): Causes of Terrorism in the Federal Republic of Germany , Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1978, p. 10. ("The Authors")
  42. a b PROFESSIONAL: Günter Ermisch . In: Der Spiegel, No. 44/1981 (October 26, 1981), p. 284.
  43. Schily dismisses the chief of the BKA . In: Der Tagesspiegel, February 6, 2004.
  44. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Inland in Brief, page 4
  45. Press release of the BKA of April 1, 2013 ( Memento of March 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  46. cf. Nazi past of the BKA - the brown beginnings of Wiesbaden. on taz.de, April 7, 2011.
  47. Balance of the open day ( memento of October 11, 2006 in the Internet Archive )
  48. Program for the open day ( Memento from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF) on the BKA server, accessed on June 23, 2010
  49. Report  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) and video contribution  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) in the hessenschau of hr-fernsehen on June 20, 2010@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.hr-online.de @1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.hr-online.de
  50. Open day at the Federal Criminal Police Office: Child crime scene for the youngest ( memento from June 25, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) in Wiesbadener Kurier from June 20, 2010
  51. Police: Open House at the BKA. Focus online, September 14, 2013, accessed September 14, 2013 .
  52. ^ BKA - BKA Autumn Conference 2018. Retrieved on March 11, 2018 .
  53. BKA - BKA Autumn Conference 2017. Retrieved on December 19, 2017 .
  54. ^ BKA - BKA Autumn Conference 2016. Retrieved on December 19, 2017 .
  55. ^ BKA - BKA Autumn Conference 2015. Accessed on December 19, 2017 .
  56. Organized crime. (PDF) BKA autumn conference. (No longer available online.) Federal Criminal Police Office, November 19, 2014, archived from the original on August 10, 2014 ; Retrieved August 9, 2014 .
  57. Cybercrime - threat, intervention, defense. BKA autumn conference. (No longer available online.) Federal Criminal Police Office, November 12, 2013, archived from the original on February 12, 2014 ; accessed on January 27, 2014 .
  58. ^ BKA autumn conference 2012 - conference program. (PDF; 56 kB) (No longer available online.) Federal Criminal Police Office, November 13, 2012, archived from the original on August 21, 2014 ; accessed on January 24, 2014 .
  59. Program of the autumn conference 2011 ( Memento from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 146 kB)
  60. Program of the autumn conference 2010 ( Memento of January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF)
  61. Reference to the autumn conference 2008 ( Memento from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  62. Press release: BKA autumn conference 2007 "Internet crime scene - a global challenge for internal security". ( Memento from February 2, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  63. ^ Tatort Wiesbaden: BKA advises on the criminal potential of the Internet. on heise online from November 20, 2007.
  64. BKA boss calls for competence centers for police in the digital world. on heise online from November 21, 2007.
  65. BKA autumn conference illuminates the dark side of the network. on heise online from November 21, 2007.
  66. The BKA reports from the uncertain digital world. on heise online from November 21, 2007.
  67. Press release: BKA autumn conference 2003 “Information and communication crime”. ( Memento of March 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  68. ^ White-collar crime and corruption - BKA autumn conference 2002. ( Memento from March 14, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  69. criminology No 1/2002.. ( Memento from September 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  70. Telepolis: Information as a raw material for police work (1999).
  71. a b c d e f Lectures on the occasion of the BKA conferences 1993 to 2001 ( Memento from January 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  72. cf. z. B. Fight against child pornography coalition overturns internet blocks , tagesschau.de, April 5, 2011 ( memento of April 8, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) and coalition of child pornography overturns “Zensursula” law , spiegel.de, April 5, 2011 .
  73. BKA-Honeypot www.bka.de. heise online, March 27, 2009, accessed on March 27, 2009 .
  74. Who has surfed my websites? The time of February 11, 2010
  75. Data protection report: BKA saved phone sex recordings via Trojan horse. In: Spiegel Online. February 20, 2012, accessed April 21, 2015 .
  76. ^ Christian Fuchs, John Goetz, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer: Dubioser partner of the government. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. November 16, 2013, accessed October 9, 2014 .
  77. Software breakdown: important data at the BKA deleted. In: Spiegel Online. July 8, 2012, accessed April 21, 2015 .
  78. "various TV productions": unfortunately there are no examples for this statement. German TV series almost always have permanent staff from the state authorities (Kripo, LKA.)
  79. Doubtful help: BKA supplied surveillance technology for the regime in Kyrgyzstan. In: Spiegel Online. March 29, 2013, accessed March 21, 2015 .