The police chief in Berlin

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The police chief in Berlin

Police officers of the Berlin police
State level country
position police
Supervisory authority Senate Department for Home Affairs and Sport
founding 1809
Headquarters BerlinBerlin Berlin
Police chief Barbara Slowik
Servants 25,153 (December 31, 2017; of which around 17,000 in the police force , 2500 close employees, 2800 in administration and 2800 candidates or trainees)
Web presence
Police helicopter Pirol Berlin over Berlin

The police chief in Berlin is the official name of the police in the state of Berlin .

The state police is passed through the authority of Police and employs more than 25,000 staff (including members and trainees). The total expenditure for the police in Berlin amounts to around 1.5 billion euros per year.

The authority is subordinate to the Senate Department for Home Affairs and Sport . Your regulatory tasks are standardized in No. 23 Catalog of Responsibilities, Regulatory Tasks , Annex to Section 2, Paragraph 4, Clause 1 of the General Safety and Order Act (ASOG Bln). The ASOG Bln also regulates the powers of the Berlin police.


Police chief in Berlin since 1809

Ludwig von Windheim (1895)

Berlin 1809–1920

Greater Berlin 1920–1948

Albert Grzesinski (1926)

Divided Berlin 1945–1990

East Berlin 1948–1990

West Berlin 1948–1990

Berlin since 1990

Royal Prussian Police Headquarters in Berlin (1809–1850)

Uniforms of the Berlin police around 1804

On March 25, 1809, the Royal Prussian Police Headquarters was founded in Berlin. The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. announced that he is appointing Karl Justus Gruner (ennobled in 1815) as police president for the capital and royal seat of Berlin . In 1811, the director of the Berlin City Court, Dietrich Friedrich Karl von Schlechtendahl, was appointed Gruner's successor. The six-member executive staff - criminal secretaries and commissioners - were transferred to the police and the Berlin criminal police was founded.

On June 23, 1848, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV ordered the establishment of the Royal Guard in Berlin.

"The highest cabinet order : I hereby approve the report of the State-Ministerii of June 19; that instead of the previous uniformed executive police (in Berlin) to maintain security and order, a protection team consisting of a colonel, five captains, two hundred guards and eighteen hundred guards (including forty mounted ones) with all rights and duties of state officials provisionally and up to definitive reorganization of the police force. Sans-Souci, June 23, 1848, signed Friedrich Wilhelm, signed Camphausen v. Auerswald "

This protection team is considered the forerunner of the protection police . On the day it was founded, the Berlin police chief Julius Rudolph Ottomar Freiherr von Minutoli was replaced by Heinrich Moritz Albert von Bardeleben, who in turn was replaced in November 1848 by Carl Ludwig Friedrich von Hinckeldey .

Eugen von Puttkamer , police chief from 1839 to 1847 (photo around 1870)

The task of the protection team was the road inspection service and the procedure in "closed mass". The aim was to act as civilly as possible, since the exaggeratedly hard use of the guards regiments as in the March riots should not be repeated. Therefore, a very civilian uniform was chosen based on the model of the London police. One wore a dark blue frock coat, gray trousers and a black top hat. The embroidery on the officers' stand-up collars was designed by the king himself. The armament consisted of a New Prussian infantry saber with a bow, the mounted men carried a saber with a basket and a flintlock pistol. The use of the saber was only allowed in cases of self-defense.

Flintlock pistols and percussion rifles for all policemen were only kept in stock in the Presidium for emergencies. Employment requirements: integrity, orderliness and defenselessness. Previous military service was not required, but several years of residence in Berlin or possession of citizenship and skills in writing. The maximum age at employment was 40 years.

Extract from the announcement of the police chief v. Bardeleben of July 23, 1848:

"[...] The freer a people is, the more unshakable the power of the law must be established and the more powerful organs are to be put into action to protect and enforce it. ... Far from impairing the freedom of the citizen or wanting to reduce the fearful paternalistic system of the police state, it should only be the guardian and champion of the law. But the policemen will only be able to solve their difficult task if they find a strong base in the trust of their fellow citizens, from whose midst they emerged and for whose interests they are called to work. "

Revier, traffic and protection police (1850-1945)

The police headquarters on Alexanderplatz around 1900 (red building).

In addition to the protection team and the local district police (unified in 1850), the first supra-local specialist teams, such as the criminal , moral or market police , were established in the following years up to 1854 . From the latter, today's commercial field service emerged .

The introduction of the prisoner transport system was made in 1866. It was primarily a green horse-drawn wagon with louvers, later popularly known as the “Green Minna”.

In 1873 the traffic police came into being because of the increasing traffic in Berlin. In order to be more visible, the officers of the traffic police wore white armbands until around 1930, then white shakos or hats and coats. Therefore they were popularly called "white mice". Since 1902 the Berlin police had a homicide squad .

In the course of the November Revolution, Emil Eichhorn was appointed as the first Berlin police chief after the end of the monarchy on November 9, 1918 . The still young government, the turmoil of the revolutionary days, and the executive power vacuum that had arisen made it necessary for the government and parliament to be protected by reinforced and paramilitary police forces. Eichhorn was deposed by Friedrich Ebert on January 3, 1919 , because he did not want to take action against the People's Navy Division, which was located in the City Palace and was friendly to the Soviet Republic . From January 1919 to March 1920 Eugen Ernst was police president in Berlin, a member of the Weimar National Assembly .

Raid in Wedding, 1931

During the Weimar Republic , the roughly 15,000-strong police force in Berlin was reorganized and abandoned its military structure. In 1920 the police force was established. After the failure of the Kapp Putsch on March 17, 1920, reactionary officers were removed from service and replaced by those loyal to the government. In the course of this, the military historian Kurt von Priesdorff was appointed police chief and privy councilor (commander) on March 23, 1920, and shortly afterwards he was appointed inspector of the Berlin Security Police (SiPo).

A traffic policeman on the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate , behind him the later embassy of the United States , 1925

In 1926 the first women were employed by the Berlin police. Under the leadership of Police President Albert Grzesinski ( SPD ) and Vice Police President Bernhard Weiß ( DDP ), the Berlin apparatus was one of the few police authorities that consistently took action against violent activities by the KPD and the NSDAP . Karl Zörgiebel succeeded Grzesinski in the office of police chief until his temporary retirement in November 1930, after controversies over the fatal use of the Blood May 1929. With the Prussian strike in 1932, however, democratic leaders of the Berlin police such as Weiß became violent urged their offices.

On February 15, 1933 Magnus von Levetzow was appointed police president of Berlin and replaced in July 1935 by Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff . During the Nazi era , all German state police were disbanded and reported directly to Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler . All active members of democratic parties have been dismissed from the police force. The various police force associations participated directly in the crimes of the National Socialists.

A divided city (1945–1990)

West Berlin emergency vehicle in green and white livery, 1988

After the end of the war, the Berlin police were initially exclusively under the control of the Soviet occupying power . She appointed Paul Markgraf , a former Wehrmacht officer and member of the KPD, later the SED, as the first police president after the war . However, because of arbitrary acts, Margrave was suspended by the Berlin magistrate under Louise Schroeder and replaced by Johannes Stumm . The Soviet occupation authorities, however, left Margrave in office for their sector and thus forced an initial split in Berlin.

In 1948 the orderly police service began in the western occupation sectors of Berlin . In the same year a security guard of 2,000-3,000 men was set up there. Around 13,000 people were employed. In the Soviet sector, on the other hand, police units of a paramilitary character emerged, which later included the authorized officers , the volunteers of the People's Police and the FDJ security groups. From the mid-1950s, the civil service ranks were called military. The final split in the Berlin police force was the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

In the course of the student movements and demonstrations of the late 1960s, the internal police structures in the western part of Berlin were liberalized. Between 1972 and 1976, as part of a reform of the police force, the 113 West Berlin police stations were merged into 27 new sections . In 1977, the previously blue service uniform was retired and replaced by the new beige-green standard uniform of the West German security police.

With the law on the Voluntary Police Reserve (FPR) of May 25, 1961 , an organization was created in the western part of the city, especially as a reaction to the armed fighting groups of the working class in the eastern part, in which Berlin citizens volunteered for the security of their city could get involved. Because of the necessary leave of absence for basic training and one-week repetition exercises, the voluntary police reserve consisted mainly of male members of the public service . The basic training lasted two weeks. Training was given on carbines , pistols and submachine guns , combined with detailed instructions on the regulations for the use of weapons. The use against demonstrators and house-to-house fighting were practiced . The main task of the voluntary police reserve was to protect property in the event of a crisis. Each member was assigned to a specific object.

Reunified Berlin (since 1990)

Guard at Alexanderplatz , 2018

After the fall of the Berlin Wall , the President of the Police in West Berlin, Georg Schertz, took over police sovereignty over the whole of Berlin. The 20,000 police employees in the western part of Berlin and the 12,000 employees from the eastern part were mixed up. In the former East Berlin , two more local directorates were formed, so that Berlin was now divided into a total of seven local directorates, which were later reduced to six.

In 1992 the working group Police Cooperation Berlin / Brandenburg was set up with the aim of improving police cooperation between the two police forces in particular. The working group meets at least twice a year.

The Voluntary Police Service emerged from the Voluntary Police Reserve in 1999 and was discontinued in 2002 for cost reasons.

In May 2005, the Berlin police's internet station was opened. At the beginning of 2010, a start was made in Berlin to convert uniforms and vehicles to the nationally standardized color blue. In 2011, mandatory identification for police officers was introduced. When it comes to new hires, the proportion of Germans who come from immigrant families has been over 20 percent since 2014.

For the first time in the history of the Berlin police, Barbara Slowik, a woman , took over the office of police president on April 10, 2018 .

On August 29, 2020, three riot police officers defended the Reichstag building against the onslaught of right-wing extremists and so-called Reich citizens ("Storming the Reichstag").

Authority designation

During the Prussian reforms in 1809, the office of the Berlin police president was created as the state police authority. The police chief was the chief of police in Berlin. The heads of administration of the Prussian government were referred to as "presidents of the government". The title extension was used without taking into account the actual local seat of the authority, for example "District President in Potsdam".

The first police chief, Justus Gruner , did not hold the rank of district president, although he performed practically the same tasks. It was not until the Weimar Republic that he was given the title of Police President in Berlin in 1929, as he attended regular meetings of the Ministry of the Interior.

After the dissolution of Prussia in 1947, the office and title were retained.

In 2014 the Berlin police introduced a new word and image trademark with the new name Polizei Berlin , which is only used in the context of public relations, while the police chief in Berlin is still used in official correspondence . When Barbara Slowik became the first woman to take over the office of police president in 2018 , a public discussion began about renaming the Berlin police in a gender-appropriate manner .

On October 28, 2019, Interior Senator Andreas Geisel announced that the authority name , which had been used since 1809, would be changed from the Police President in Berlin to the gender-neutral name Police Berlin .



Operations control center of the Berlin police

As the executive body of the State of Berlin, the Berlin police have the task of ensuring public safety and order within the framework of police law . As a law enforcement agency , it takes action against unlawful and criminal acts, identifies those affected and perpetrators, and analyzes patterns of crime.

Another task is to avert danger in the area of internal security , that is, the prevention or suppression of criminally relevant acts of any kind. In the context of traffic surveillance, it ensures the averting of danger, criminal prosecution and the prosecution of administrative offenses in public road traffic and ensures a prompt detection and avoidance of traffic jams . It also plays a key role in emergency assistance ( emergency call ). In addition, the police work closely with the judiciary and other authorities to prevent crime in order to prevent possible criminal offenses in advance.

Legal bases

Emergency assistance after a traffic accident

In addition to the state legal basis described in the introduction (ASOG Bln) for police action in general, the authorization for intervening in criminal prosecution results from the federal criminal procedure code (StPO).


In addition to the Berlin police, other authorities are also active to ensure security on the territory of the State of Berlin. According to the Basic Law , the police at the German Bundestag report exclusively to the President of the German Bundestag . The Federal Police is subject to the Federal Police Act and takes on a wide variety of special police tasks in Berlin.

In the case of investigations that have to be continued outside of the state of Berlin, the Berlin police u. a. with the Brandenburg Police , the other state police in Germany and with Europol .


Immediately subordinate to the Police President are the State Police Directorate with its six directorates with local responsibility for the assigned Berlin districts , the State-wide responsible Directorate Operations / Traffic, the State Criminal Police Office , the Berlin Police Academy and the service units.


Police headquarters in Berlin

From 1848 the police headquarters were located in the city bailiwick on Molkenmarkt . 1885–1890 the police headquarters at Alexanderplatz was built. The Alexa shopping center is located on the site of the street block-size red brick building that was destroyed in World War II .

On the occasion of the division of Berlin in 1948, the West Berlin police established their presidium in Friesenstrasse, in the former barracks complex of Queen Augusta Guard Grenadier Regiment No. 4 .

Since 1951 the police headquarters has been located in the main building of what is now the former Tempelhof Airport at the Platz der Luftbrücke 6. The position of the Berlin police chief is paid according to salary group B 7 .

State Police Directorate

The Lansdespolizeidirektion (LPD) was set up as part of an ongoing restructuring of the Berlin police with effect from February 1, 2020.

It is subordinate to the Presidium and bundles all protective police tasks, in particular management and decision-making responsibility. Directly subordinate to it are the six local directorates, the regional directorate for operations / traffic and the operations control and situation center.

In addition, the State Police Directorate - taking into account the overall strategic responsibility of the State Criminal Police Office - is also responsible for the local fight against crime, the city-wide control of forces and the tasks of the assembly authority.

The provisional head of the state police department is Andreas Sydow.

Directorates 1, 2 and 4 to 6

Division of the six police departments in Berlin
Directorate building 5

The directorates (Dir) are divided, in addition to the management team with management staff , into a crime control unit and the sections :

  • The sections (A) ensure u. a. the radio car service, the support of events and the contact area service . The guards in the sections are manned around the clock and serve as a contact point for citizens close to their home. Directorates 1, 2 and 4 are divided into eight sections, Directorate 5 into seven and finally Directorate 6 into six. The directorates have been restructured since 2019, with the former directorate 3 now being dissolved and its sections divided into other directorates. This restructuring should be completed by mid-2020. The sections are in turn subdivided into a management service, service groups with a permanently assigned district or residential area and a section commissioner for processing smaller cases such as break-ins, theft of bicycles and traffic offenses. There are a total of 37 sections with 152 service groups. In addition, the Berlin police maintain guards at various venues such as B. in the Olympic Stadium , the Velodrom , in the Berlin Waldbühne or at Tegel Airport .
  • The units for combating crime (Ref K) represent a local criminal police . They are each subdivided into a management group, a work area intercultural tasks and three inspections, one of which is for the immediate processing of the criminal police (K 1; permanent criminal service ) and two for the criminal investigation after one specified catalog of offenses (K 2 including traffic investigation service, VED, and K3 3). Within the framework of the Berlin model , the protection police are involved in the crime-fighting process for low-threshold crime in the sections.
Directorate Area of ​​responsibility Sections Head of Directorate (as of March 2019)
(DPPr = Director at the Police President)
You 1 Reinickendorf , Pankow and the districts Gesundbrunnen and Wedding A 11-18 DPPr Jutta Potzucek
You 2 Spandau , Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf , partly in the middle A 21-28 DPPr Thomas Goldack
You 4 Tempelhof-Schöneberg , Steglitz-Zehlendorf , Neukölln -Süd A 41-48 DPPr Detlef Brenner
You 5 Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg , Neukölln , center A 51-57 DPPr Jörg Wuttig
You 6 Marzahn-Hellersdorf , Treptow-Köpenick , Lichtenberg A 61-66 DPPr Michael Lengwenings

The directorates are thus responsible for areas with population numbers and police forces on a scale that some police chiefs do not reach in large- scale states. In terms of the city / state, only the chief of police and his staff are superior to them. In rare cases of overriding importance, this staff and its leadership take on the management of city-wide operations, while these i. d. Usually distributed among the directorates and also managed by them.

On July 16, 2014, a bicycle relay (FaSta; officially VkD 14) was set up at the Berlin police. Under the direction of a police chief inspector , 15 policemen and 5 policewomen patrol for up to seven hours a day in the eastern city center between the government district or the Great Tiergarten and Alexanderplatz . The three-year pilot project was co-financed by the Association of the German Insurance Industry . After the pilot phase expires in the summer of 2017, the cycle relay will continue with the same number of staff.

Deployment / Transport Directorate

Civilian emergency vehicle

As part of the ongoing reorganization within the Berlin Police, the regional Operations / Traffic Directorate was re-established on February 1, 2020.

Most of the agency's operational specialist areas are bundled in it, including the three riot police departments. In addition, it is responsible for the tasks of the right of assembly, for state visits, sporting events and for police measures in the event of natural disasters or major damaging events.

In addition, she is also responsible for the police lead in attacks and AMOK situations.

Departments of the Deployment / Transport Directorate:

  • Riot police : (three riot police departments with 16 deployment hun- dreds , two technical deployment units and a service dog handler unit)
  • Water police
  • Police helicopter squadron
  • Traffic: (escort and traffic service, traffic information and control center, permanent motorway service)
  • Office for administrative fine
  • Operations control center
  • Central Property Protection (ZOS), formerly security guard
  • Prisoners (six detention centers, one deportation detention center and transport)

In the area of ​​prison and property protection , the tasks are largely taken over by collective bargaining employees in property protection (formerly: prison staff). They are also used in areas of the criminal investigation department , forensic technology and in traffic services.

The police helicopter squadron with the Pirol Berlin police helicopter has been operated since 2004 together with the East German Federal Police in Ahrensfelde (Brandenburg).

Head of the Operations / Traffic Directorate is Chief Police Director Stephan Katte.

Central Service Directorate

The SE IKT is responsible for the police's TETRA digital radio

The regional Directorate Central Service (Dir ZS) was newly established as part of the reorganization within the Berlin Police on February 1, 2020 and replaces the former Directorate Central Service Unit. She performs the administrative, logistical and planning tasks within the police authority.

Structure of the management:


  • Dir ZS Fin 1 (budget, financial and investment planning, audit office matters, free medical care)
  • Dir ZS Fin 2 (central budget and investment management, fee matters, budget management)
  • Dir ZS Fin 3 (central cost and performance accounting)
  • Dir ZS Fin 4 (budget planning and management for chapter 05 31, authority management, staff of the police chief)
  • Dir ZS Fin 5 (policy and advice center for procurement matters)
  • Internal Human Resources (IPW)
  • Section A (Principle, Human Resources and Position Management)
  • Unit B (Personnel Service)
  • Unit C (Personnel Management)
  • Unit D (Medical Service)
Technology and logistics
  • Mobility service (vehicle fleet and transport)
  • Tenant management and supply
Information and communication technology
  • Head of Dir ZS IKT (including service desk and regional office for BOS digital radio)
  • Dir ZS ICT A (household, procurement, service)
  • Dir ZS ICT B (planning and operation)
  • Dir ZS IKT C (application software)
  • Dir ZS IKT D (principle)

State Criminal Police Office

In contrast to many other State Criminal Police Offices in Germany, the State Criminal Police Office Berlin (LKA) is an office with broad investigative tasks, whereas State Criminal Police Offices in other countries are usually only responsible for specific areas of investigation. It is headed by the director of the State Criminal Police Office (since 2011: Christian Steiof ).

Due to the tasks, not only administrative tasks are performed (in particular being the central point of contact for the Federal Criminal Police Office), but also original investigations into cases of serious and serious crime and criminal offenses that are committed by supra-regional perpetrators or groups of perpetrators. There is close cooperation with the local crime departments of Directorates 1 to 6.

Headquarters of the LKA, Tempelhof

Departments of the State Criminal Police Office :

  • LKA 1: Offenses against humans
  • LKA 2: fraud
  • LKA 3: White-collar crime, corruption, environmental / consumer offenses, police offenses
  • LKA 4: Organized crime, gang and qualified property crime, drug offenses
  • LKA 5: Police State Security
  • LKA 6: operational services ( special task force , mobile task force and precision rifle command )
  • LKA 7: Investigation support
  • LKA KTI: Forensic Institute
  • LKA Präv: Central Office for Prevention
  • LKA staff: Support of the LKA management

The departments are each headed by a senior criminal director and are further subdivided into departments or areas.

Police academy

The Police Academy (PA), as a vocational training institution, is solely responsible for basic and advanced training in the middle service of the Berlin police.



In 2008, the Berlin Senator for the Interior, Ehrhart Körting, announced that the State of Berlin would introduce the new blue Brandenburg police uniform in 2010 . With 17,000 employees to be equipped, the Berlin police then became one of the largest customers the Central Procurement Office was able to win. The design of the uniforms was primarily based on aspects of functionality and only to a small extent on national or international design standards.


Berlin's police force has around 2,600 vehicles (as of December 31, 2017). Since 2002, the majority of the vehicles for the Berlin police have been procured as part of leasing . At the same time as the blue uniform was introduced, the first blue-silver or blue-white vehicles were introduced in late 2009 and early 2010, respectively.

Vehicles of the Volkswagen and Opel brands are predominantly used as patrol cars . Occasionally, vehicles from other manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz are also used. While all car-based radio patrol cars used to be called this in West Berlin (common abbreviation FuStw), the radio patrol cars of the sections (large areas since the police reform in the 1970s) have been used since the widespread introduction of the so-called Berlin model (expansion of the tasks for the Schutzpolizei, modified service model) referred to as emergency vehicle section (EWA).

The Central Property Protection Department, which is responsible for the security police, uses small Opel and Volkswagen cars . Vehicles from other brands, such as Fiat , are also used less frequently .

Riot police use emergency vehicles of the brands BMW , Fiat, Ford , Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Land Rover , Opel and Renault vehicles are also used in some cases .

Other motor vehicles include 29 armored vehicles, four armored vehicles of the type Sonderwagen 4 and, since 2017, an armored Survivor R built by the armaments company Rheinmetall . The fleet also includes prisoner transport vehicles (Mercedes-Benz and Renault), motorcycles (including the BMW R 1200 RT and Moto Guzzi Norge 850), buses, trucks and a wheel loader .

The Berlin police have been testing electric cars since the beginning of 2012 . As part of the blue drives green campaign , the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (for Central Property Protection Berlin), the Opel Ampera (as a radio patrol car), the Renault Fluence ZE (as a radio patrol car), the Renault Kangoo ZE (for internal service and logistics tasks ) and the Toyota Prius (for the Central Property Protection Berlin and as a radio patrol car).

The water police has 16 boats (as of May 2018).

Since July 2014, the Fahrradstaffel (FaStA) has been using 20 eleven-speed trekking bikes from Hartje and two Stevens pedelecs for their daily patrol trips .


Standard service weapon of the Berlin police

The standard service weapon used by the Berlin police is the SIG Sauer P225 (P6; cal. 9 × 19 mm ), which has been gradually being replaced by the HK SFP9 PB (cal. 9 × 19 mm; 24,000 pieces) since 2018 . In addition, submachine guns of the type HK MP5 (cal. 9 × 19 mm; 3,300 in stock) are available. In 2017 (115 pieces procured) were of special task forces and the three riot police departments (300 pieces procured) assault rifles of the type SIG MCX (Cal. NATO 5.56 x 45 mm ) ordered and introduced 2018th


The Forensic Institute of the State Criminal Police Office has two police drones (UAS-Pol) for crime scene recordings, for video documentation, for geo-referenced recordings and overview and detailed displays for operational planning and escape route documentation. The first drone was launched in 2009 and deployed 118 times in 2016, while the second was launched in 2017.

Digital radio

In 2015, there were a total of 48 transmission systems in Berlin's urban area to ensure the digital radio of the Berlin police. Around 16,500 end devices have access to the radio system.

The Cooperative Control Center Berlin project , which is intended to unite the operations control centers of the Berlin Police and the Berlin Fire Brigade , has been in implementation since 2016 . The cooperative control center is to include 600 police and fire brigade employees and will Template: future / in 4 yearsgo into operation in 2024 . It will cost a total of 83 million euros, of which 47 million will be used for construction work. The Berlin police are planning a new building in which 138 control center workplaces will be housed on 9,000 square meters.

Information systems

The Berlin police have been using the central IT process POLIKS (state police system for information, communication and processing) since 2005 . Around 300,000 transactions are handled here every day. The IT system serves all areas of the prison police and acts as an interface to other IT processes in the state (e.g. EWW, automated public prosecutor's information system) and the federal government (e.g. BKA applications ( INPOL-new ), motor vehicle Federal Office Procedure ( ZEVIS ), Central Register of Foreigners , Central Federal Register ). POLIKS is divided into the components of incident processing (criminal charges, traffic accidents, etc.) and information system (information and research and statistics functions).


Police student of the Berlin Police

Police academy

The Berlin Police Academy was founded on December 1, 2016 as the successor to the Berlin State Police School and is located in the Spandau district. The property covers approx. 166,000 m². Around 230 instructors teach around 2500 trainees in two buildings with the latest technology and a swimming / sports hall. The Police Academy is also responsible for the training of middle-class staff.

Training centers

From 1994 to 2007, the Berlin police took over from the British Allies called Fighting City on Ruhlebener Schanze forest in which the British military to house combat trained. The fighting village was built to practice house-to-house fighting. Typical urban situations were recreated: small houses, skyscrapers, a church, supermarket, gas station, telephone booths, a railway embankment with a few subway cars on it. The exercise could be monitored and controlled from a control center via video cameras and loudspeakers.


Police forces on duty

Law enforcement and clear-up rates

In accordance with its mandate, the law enforcement authority takes action against unlawful and criminal acts, identifies those affected and perpetrators and analyzes patterns of crime. I.a. The Berlin Police Criminal Statistics (PKS) is compiled annually to analyze crime and individual types of crime . These crime statistics are a statistical compilation of all criminal matters that became known to the Berlin police in the year under review. In 2010, the Berlin police found a total of 475,021 criminal offenses, the lowest number since reunification in 1990.

In 2016, a total of 568,860 criminal offenses were registered in Berlin. The most common offenses in 2016 were theft (270,880 cases), fraud (90,254), damage to property (44,066) and bodily harm (42,847). The clearance rate of the processed cases was 42.0%. 148,042 suspects were identified. The recorded damage from the identified criminal offenses amounted to 823.37 million euros.

The clearance rate for 2017 was 44.2%.

Development of the total number of cases and clearance rate
according to PKS since 2008
year Cases recorded Change to the previous year Resolved cases
1995 580.829 % 249,780 (43.0%)
1996 594.393 % 264,116 (44.4%)
1997 592,638 % 283,157 (47.8%)
1998 586,528 % 289,766 (49.4%)
1999 572,553 % 284,203 (49.6%)
2000 557.001 % 276,706 (49.7%)
2001 572.272 % 284,761 (49.8%)
2002 584.020 % 297,963 (51.0%)
2003 563.905 % 279,979 (49.7%)
2004 539,667 % 261,738 (48.5%)
2005 509.175 % 243,232 (47.8%)
2006 496.797 % 249,338 (50.2%)
2007 496.163 % 250,140 (50.4%)
2008 482.765 −2.7% 238,840 (49.5%)
2009 487.096 + 0.9% 245,063 (49.4%)
2010 475.021 −2.5% 229,905 (48.4%)
2011 494,385 + 4.1% 227,885 (46.1%)
2012 495.297 + 0.2% 221,309 (44.7%)
2013 503.165 +1.6% 219,722 (43.7%)
2014 543.156 + 7.9% 243,912 (44.9%)
2015 569,549 + 4.9% 249,973 (43.9%)
2016 568,860 −0.1% 239,130 ​​(42.0%)
2017 520,437 −8.5% 229,925 (44.2%)

public relation

The press work of the Berlin police represents the police in relation to the media. Public relations are for internal police communication as well as for public communication during police operations via social networks, such as B. Facebook and Twitter, responsible.

Under the hashtag # 24hPolizei , the Berlin police tweeted all police operations triggered in the operations control center for 24 hours from June 6 to June 7, 2014. Since then, the campaign has been repeated annually.

Special cases

Preparation of a special task force (SEK)
  • On May 1, 1987, violent riots broke out around Kottbusser Platz for the first time, during which a Bolle supermarket was looted and burned down. Since then there have been repeated riots on May Day in Kreuzberg . As with other major events, the Berlin police are usually supported by police from other federal states as well as by the federal police in the context of administrative assistance . For the purpose of de-escalation, specially trained employees of the anti-conflict team have been deployed since 2000 .
  • The most labor-intensive operations of the Berlin police every year include a. the accompaniment of various demonstrations in the city area and the safeguarding of football games.
  • The search for department store blackmailer "Dagobert", Arno Funke , 1992–1994.
  • The manhunt for the "bomber" Peter John, 2008.
  • The greatest successes of the drug search since 1990 include a heroin discovery (80 kg) in 2016 and a seizure of marijuana (256 kg) in 2017.
  • Investigation into the robbery of a 100 kg gold coin ( Big Maple Leaf ) from the Bode Museum , 2017.


Motorcycling Group (1954–2013)
  • A curious peculiarity of the police that originated in West Berlin was their motorcycle sport group, also called MoSpoGru . In almost 60 years, the group performed pyramid rides and acrobatics on two wheels at more than 1000 events. In 2013 the team was disbanded.
  • For parking police vehicles in public parking areas, police officers had to pay parking fees before June 27, 2013 , unless the incident involved a special signal. This led u. a. to public collection campaigns for parking tickets both among police officers and among the Berlin population. Parking has been free of charge since an exemption valid until June 30, 2016.
  • In 2017, the Berlin police forces caused a scandal at the G20 summit in Hamburg . Dissolute celebration activities that became publicly known during the off-duty period resulted in three hundred people being temporarily withdrawn from the scene.
  • Since the telephone number of the telephone system of Berlin 4664 is similar to the area code of the community Neukirchen (North Friesland) (04664), it happens regularly (as of 2015) that communication intended for the police e.g. B. arrives at the hair salon.


  • (Willy) Feigell: The development of the Royal Police Presidium in Berlin in the period from 1809 to 1909. Berlin 1909.
  • Paul Schmidt: The first 50 years of the Royal Protection Team in Berlin. Berlin 1898.
  • Paul Schmidt: The royal protection team in Berlin 1898-1908. Berlin 1908.
  • Hsi-Huey Liang: The Berlin Police in the Weimar Republic. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1972, ISBN 3-11-006520-7 .

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Commons : Polizei Berlin  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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