The police is, like many other German institutions, organised under federal regulations. There are 16 police headquarters in various federal states, all of which cooperate with the Federal Police (BP) and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). Besides, there are also customs police officers and agents ("Feldjäger") of the German Federal Armed Forces ("Bundeswehr") with the tasks of the military police. The officers of the criminal police do not wear uniforms. All the other officers of the police who are in charge of protection could be recognised by their green or blue uniform. These are the cops you daily see patrolling, to whom you can directly approach if you need.
What are the tasks of the police?
The primary task of the police is to protect us from dangers and to fight crimes. That is why the police's motto in Germany is "The police, your friend and helper". The police in Germany has nothing to do with the intelligence agency or politics. When in an emergency, you can reach the police at any time by dialling the free helpline number 110.
What the police can and cannot do is specified in the German law. For example, to search an apartment, police officers need the permission of a judge - unless a person in the apartment is in great danger and needs rescue. The state employs the police personnel as servent’s of the community, so they should be incorruptible. If anyone tries to bribe the police, he or she will face legal punishments.
Structure and tasks of the police force
What types of police exist in Germany?
How do I recognise the police?
What duties does the police have?
When should I call the police?
What should I tell the police during an emergency call?
How can I file a complaint against an offender?
Plain-clothes police and "fake police"
What happens if someone insults an officer?
What can I do if the police discriminates against me?
Can I become a police officer?
In Germany, you can reach the police under 110. To reach the fire department, dial 112.