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“The Police President in Berlin“

Why is the Police President in Berlin and not from Berlin? Is he also the Police President of Berlin?

In 1809 as part of the Prussian Reforms, the office of the Police President from Berlin was created as the state police authority. The Police President was the chief of the police in Berlin (Police Presidium of Berlin). The administrative heads of the Prussian government were titled “Presidents of Government”. The extended title, instead of being taken from the regional area of their responsibility i.e. from, was used to reflect where they had their geographical seat i.e. in, for example “the President of Government in Potsdam”.

The first Police President, Justus Gruner, did not hold the rank of a President of Government, although he effectively held the same responsibilities.
It was only in 1929, during the Weimarer Republic, that he was given the title Police President in Berlin: this was due to the fact that he took part in the regular meetings of the Interior Ministry, in order to focus the democratic forces against the growing political extremism.

After Prussia was officially dissolved in 1947, the office and title were retained.

Facts and figures

  • Personnel
    (Total)

    22.775

  • Sworn officers in police service in the intermediate, higher and senior service of the uniformed police, as well as the higher and senior service of the CID

    16.388

  • Civilian staff in facility protection, the custodial service and other police services

    2.009

  • Administrative employees and technical staff in the intermediate, higher and senior administrative services

    2.855

  • Apprentices

    1.523

  • Vehicle fleet
    (Total number of vehicles)

    2.400

  • Annual budget

    1.294 Mio Euro

Organisational Structure of the Berlin Police

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Badges and ID Cards of the Berlin Police

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Police Management

The Berlin Police is headed by the incumbent Police President Klaus Kandt. His deputy is Police Vice-President Margarete Koppers.
They are supported in the management of the force by the Staff Office of the Police President, the Commanders of the six Local Divisions, the Division for Central Tasks, the Criminal Investigation Department and the Central Services Division. Internal inspection is carried out by the Internal Auditors. The Mediation Service is responsible for resolving work-related conflict.

The organisation chart of Germany’s largest police force can be seen below.
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Local Divisions (Dir 1 – 6)

Berlin has six local police divisions which differ in the geographical size of area, but which are identical in their structure and organisation. They ensure that police responsibilities in the areas of danger prevention, combatting crime, traffic safety and crime prevention are guaranteed.

Berlin’s police officers are at the ready to provide services and offer advice for the protection of the people of Berlin. They constantly aim to make the police more accessible to the general public through direct contact.

Division for Central Tasks (Dir ZA)

The Dir ZA brings a number of special tasks under one roof and has citywide responsibility. The Dir ZA hosts the River Police, the Dog Handlers, the Riot Police, the Helicopter Squad – in cooperation with the Federal Police – and the Central Operations Centre with the Internet Watch, Police Citizens Service and the Emergency Service.

Criminal Investigation Division (LKA)

In contrast to the other criminal investigation departments in Germany, the Berlin CID conducts investigations. The Berlin CID is organised in five major investigative areas, three support departments, the Central Crime Prevention Unit and a staff office.

Central Services Division (ZSE)

The Division of Central Services is responsible for the administration and logistics of the Berlin police force. Information technology and infrastructure as well as education and training of personnel lie within the remit. The division houses the central office for the payment of fines.

Brochure

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 „THE BERLIN POLICE – Meeting the Challenges of a Cosmopolitan City“