Berlin by Night
Berlin city information
December 31, 1990 3,433,695
December 31, 2000 3,382,169
September 30, 2005 3,394,000
March 31, 2010 3,440,441
o East Berlin 1991: Thomas Kreuger
o West Berlin/Berlin 1991-2001: Eberhard Diepgen
o 2001-present: Klaus Wowereit
The State Police wear the state patch on the uniform sleeve and sometimes metal city badges are worn over the right breast pocket indicating which police department they work for. Police officers can be transferred anywhere within their state.
State police forces are divided into the following operational sections:
• Schutzpolizei (“Schupo”) – the uniformed police officers who patrol the streets and respond to emergency calls etc.
• Kriminalpolizei (“Kripo”) – the plain clothes detective branch, responsible for investigations. For instance, if a car is broken into, the Schupo will respond, secure the car, notify the owner etc, and then hand the case over to Kripo for investigation.
• Bereitschaftspolizei (BePo) – Uniformed units of the LaPo used when additional manpower is required, for example during political demonstrations.
• Landeskriminalamt (LKA) – State Investigation Bureau is directly subordinate to the state Ministry of the Interior, supervises police operations aimed at preventing and investigating criminal offences, and coordinates investigations involving more than one Präsidium.
• Wasserschutzpolizei (WSP) – The river police for patrolling rivers, lakes and harbours. For practical reasons the WSP of one state may be in charge for territory of another state (e.g., in Hamburg, the WSP is in charge for the Elbe River in the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.)
• Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) – The SWAT teams of the German state police.
• Autobahnpolizei – The highway patrol or motorway police in Germany.