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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)

    26.101

  • 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

    17.606

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

    2.550

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

    2.778

  • Apprentices

    3.052

  • Vehicle fleet
    (Total number of vehicles)

    2.500

  • Annual budget

    1.460 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 Police President Dr. Barbara Slowik and the Police Vice-President Mr. Marco Langner.
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.
You can find out more about us in our brochure „THE BERLIN POLICE – Meeting the Challenges of a Cosmopolitan City“.

Berlin Police Directorate (LPD)

The Berlin Police Directorate (LPD) unites the five local divisions, the Division of Operations/Transport, the Division of Central Special Services (general) and the Operations Control and Management Centre under one roof.

Berlin is divided into five local police divisions, which differ in geographical size, but have identical structures. They ensure the performance of police duties in the areas of security, crime prevention, traffic safety and prevention.

In addition, police officers are there to protect people by offering services and advice and constantly optimise contact with the general public.

Criminal Investigation Division (LKA)

The Berlin Criminal Investigation Division is, in contrast to other state of criminal investigation divisions in Germany, an “investigative CID”. It is divided into five investigating and three supporting departments, the Central Office for Prevention and a staff office.

Police Academy

The Police Academy is in charge for education and training.

Central Services Division (Dir ZS)

The Division of Central Services is responsible for the logistics of the Berlin police force. Information technology and human ressources lie also within the remit.

Brochure

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

On the go in Berlin

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Flyer E-Scooter in Berlin (Englisch)

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SafeCi - Safer Space for Safer Cities

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SafeCi is a project of the category “Best Practice”. As part of the two-year project, an exchange of experience is planned with police authorities from Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Ireland, Austria and Finland. More information