STATE CRIMINAL POLICE OFFICE or LANDESKRIMINALAMT (LKA), in German,
is an independent law enforcement agency in most
* 1 Missions
* 1.1 Investigations
* 1.2 Crime analysis
* 1.3 Forensics
* 2 See also * 3 External links
LKAs supervise police operations aimed at preventing and investigating criminal offences, and coordinate investigations of serious crime involving more than one Präsidium (regional headquarters). They can take over investigative responsibility in cases of serious crime, e.g. drug trafficking, organized crime, environmental and white-collar crime or extremist and terrorist offences.
The LKA maintains forensic equipment for central examination of evidence using the latest scientific methods (e.g. DNA analysis, Automatic Fingerprint Identification System) .
LKAs also coordinate support for local police in hostage, kidnapping and blackmail situations and provide experts in such cases, e.g., the SWAT team Spezialeinsatzkommando , the negotiation group or bomb disposal experts. It is also the central office for physical security technology and crime prevention, and coordinates state anti-drug programs.
* Crime in Germany * State bureau of investigation