Police in Germany

What are the tasks of the police?

Talking policewoman

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. 

Please note: Do not try to bribe the police. Any attempt to bribe the police is severely punished in Germany.

What do I need to know?

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 discriminate against me?

What can the police do (and what not), legally speaking?

Can I become a police officer?


In Germany, you can reach the police under 110. To reach the fire department and emergency service, dial 112.