• INTERPOL Wiesbaden
  • Member since :
    7 September 1923
Back to Europe



Source: Bundespolizei

German law enforcement services are provided by a combination of different forces which have either state, national or international mandates.

State police forces: Landespolizei

Germany is a Federal Republic made up of 16 states. Each state is responsible for its own policing matters and has its own state Police, called “Landespolizei”.

Nationwide police: Bundespolizei (BPOL)

With 40,000 employees – more than 30,000 of them fully trained police officers – BPOL is a country-wide operational police force responsible for domestic security. As part of Germany’s Ministry of Interior, it is Germany’s uniformed police responsible for:

  • Border security – including passport control;
  • Coast guard services, which comprise the surveillance of land borders and national sea-borders;
  • Protection of federal buildings and foreign embassies;
  • Reserve forces to deal with demonstrations, disturbances or emergencies;
  • Transportation and passenger security at international airports and on German railways;
  • Rescue helicopter service.

International policing: INTERPOL Wiesbaden

The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) – which acts as the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Germany – is Germany’s central agency for police information and communication. It provides support to all Federal police forces and coordinates national crime suppression activities. It also serves as the German Criminal Investigations Department.

As part of the Ministry of Interior, the BKA is called upon by German Police forces – including Landespolizei –when criminal investigations take on an international dimension. Through its operations and coordination center, a 24-hour service center known as the “Kriminaldauerdienst”, the BKA is able to take immediate action when investigations, searches and international communications require it.

The BKA has the jurisdiction to conduct investigations relating to:

  • International trafficking in weapons, ammunition, explosives or drugs;
  • Internationally organized production or exchange of counterfeit currency;
  • Internationally organized money laundering;
  • Internationally organized terrorism;
  • Serious cases of computer sabotage.

Responsible for all serious crime investigations, the BKA also helps its national law enforcement partners in:

  • Forensic identification and sciences;
  • Research and criminal analysis;
  • Criminology and criminal investigation;
  • Researching and developing new police methods;
  • Developing new working methods aimed at suppressing crime.

The BKA has national mandate for:

  • the protection of members of Germany’s federal constitutional bodies and, in specific cases, their foreign guests;
  • the prevention and suppression of politically motivated crime;

With offices in Wiesbaden, Berlin and Meckenheim, the BKA employs more than 5,500 men and women. With their specialized knowledge and expertise in the fields of criminal sciences, information technology and administration, they cover a broad spectrum of activity. Approximately half of them are fully trained criminal police officers. The others come from more than 70 different occupational groups.

INTERPOL Wiesbaden in action
18 July 2017

How to identify cash and asset smugglers focus of INTERPOL workshop

FRANKFURT, Germany – Strengthening the capabilities of police and customs services in the seizure of assets, especially cash being illicitly transported was the focus of an INTERPOL training course.The three-day (11 – 13 July) Expert Workshop on Cash and Asset Seizures provided both theoretical and practical training to 20 police and customs officials fro...
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
16 July 2015

Increased information sharing to combat terrorism focus of German Interior Minister visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Identifying areas for enhanced sharing of operational information to more effectively combat terrorism in Europe and beyond was the focus of a meeting between Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.Accompanied by the President of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Holger Münch, the...
13 May 2015

New INTERPOL notice could provide global link in targeting criminal assets

BERLIN, Germany – The development of new operational tools to assist law enforcement in tracing and recovering criminal assets was the focus of the INTERPOL Expert Working Group on the Identification, Location and Seizure of Assets.During its third and final meeting, the group outlined several recommendations including the creation of a new INTERPOL notic...
16 September 2013

Fugitive rapist wanted by Switzerland via INTERPOL arrested in Poland

LYON, France – A convicted rapist wanted by Switzerland has been arrested in Poland the day after an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, was issued to help identify and locate the fugitive.Fabrice Anthamatten was taken into custody near the Polish/German border on Sunday 15 September following close coordination between the INTERPO...
08 August 2012

INTERPOL operation leads to arrest of mastermind of multimillion Euro car smuggling ring

LYON, France – The suspected mastermind behind a global car smuggling ring, estimated to have trafficked luxury and sports vehicles worth around EUR 6 million since 2009, has been arrested following an INTERPOL-coordinated operation.The Russian national was taken into custody in Venice, Italy following INTERPOL’s Operation Eastbound which coordinated the...
04 June 2012

INTERPOL commends international police cooperation resulting in swift arrest of suspected Canadian killer

LYON, France ‒ The arrest in Germany of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian national suspected of murder and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons, highlights the essential role of international police cooperation and sharing intelligence in fugitive investigations, a senior INTERPOL official has said.At the request of Canad...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
02 July 2010

INTERPOL praises German and Ukrainian police collaboration in recovery of stolen Caravaggio painting

LYON, France – The head of INTERPOL has praised police authorities in Germany and Ukraine for their ‘exemplary international collaboration’ in a recent operation in which a stolen Caravaggio painting was recovered and an alleged international art theft gang broken up with more than 20 suspects arrested. Led by Germany’s Federal Police, the Bundeskriminala...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
13 November 2008

Illegal online medicine suppliers targeted in first international Internet day of action

The first international Internet day of action co-ordinated by the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime, INTERPOL and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), targeting the illegal online sale of medicines to the public has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure...
10 November 2008

Arrest of Kazakh murder fugitive in Austria highlights role of international police co-operation

LYON, France – A fugitive Kazakh national wanted in his country for murder and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons’ notice, has been arrested in Austria following an international operation across seven countries co-ordinated via INTERPOL.Asanali Zhekebayev, aged 33, who is wanted in Kazakhstan following his conviction there...
09 July 2008

German police arrest Rwandan genocide fugitive subject of INTERPOL Red Notice

A check against INTERPOL’s wanted persons databases by German border police at Frankfurt airport resulted in the arrest of a man wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide.Callixte Mbarushimana is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Kig...

  • 74th INTERPOL General Assembly - 19-22 September 2005 - Berlin
  • 41st INTERPOL General Assembly - 19-26 September 1972 - Frankfurt
Germany: Social Media