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The Schutzpolizei
Schutzpolizei
(German pronunciation: [ˌʃʊt͡spoliˈt͡saɪ]), or Schupo (IPA: [ˈʃuːpo]) for short, is a branch of the Landespolizei, the state (Land) level police of the German states. Schutzpolizei
Schutzpolizei
literally means security or protection police but is best translated as Protection police. The Schutzpolizei
Schutzpolizei
has by far the largest number of personnel, is on duty 24 hours a day and has the broadest range of duties. On patrol duty, mainly in vehicles, they keep their respective area under surveillance. As in most other countries, the uniformed police in Germany are usually the first to arrive at the scene of an incident, whether it is a murder or traffic accident. They also take the initial action (Erster Angriff), even if the case is handed over to investigators of the Kriminalpolizei
Kriminalpolizei
(Kripo) later. These police officers are also responsible for promoting public safety, crime prevention, criminal prosecution and traffic control.

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Law enforcement in Germany

Federal

Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz Bundeskriminalamt Bundespolizei (incl. ASSIK and GSG 9) Feldjäger Küstenwache Z Commission Zollkriminalamt (incl. ZUZ)

State police forces

Baden-Württemberg Bavaria Berlin Brandenburg Bremen Hamburg Hesse Lower Saxony Mecklenburg-Vorpommern North Rhine-Westphalia Rhineland-Palatinate Saarland Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Schleswig-Holstein Thuringia

Special
Special
units or branches

Arrest unit
Arrest unit
(incl. BFE+) Autobahnpolizei Bereitschaftspolizei Kriminalpolizei Landeskriminalamt Schutzpolizei Special
Special
Deployment Commando Wasserschutzpolizei

Local public order forces

Stadtpolizei

Other

Bahnpolizei (until 1992) Bundesgrenzschutz
Bundesgrenzschutz
(until 2005) Polizei beim Deutschen Bundestag

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