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The Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
(WSP - literally translated "Water Police Force" in German) is the water police that patrols the waterways, lakes and harbours of Germany around the clock. The WSP are part of the Landespolizei
Landespolizei
(State Police). The Federal Police
Federal Police
(Bundespolizei or BPOL) maintains 16 patrol craft[1] and helicopters are part of the Coast Guard (Küstenwache) and assigned to coastal BPOL stations. The watercraft include six offshore patrol vessels, e.g. those of the Bad Bramstedt class, as well as a number of fast inshore vessels and one tugboat.[1]

Contents

1 About 2 Baden-Württemberg 3 Bavaria 4 Berlin 5 Brandenburg 6 Bremen 7 Hamburg 8 Hesse 9 North Rhine-Westphalia 10 Rhineland-Palatinate 11 Saarland 12 Thuringia 13 External links 14 References

About[edit] Germany has about 7,500 km[2] of navigable waterways that are responsible for about 30 percent of goods transported. The heavy commercial traffic and increasing recreational boat traffic requires police supervision. In case of shipwrecks, often involving hazardous materials, they are responsible for warning other shipping. The WSP also often performs other duties such as enforcing environmental laws. These police officers in Navy-like uniforms often have inland or maritime shipping experience and are trained at the German Water Police School (Wasserschutzpolizeischule) in Hamburg.[3] For practical reasons the WSP of one state may have jurisdiction in the territory of another state (for example, the Hamburg
Hamburg
WSP is in charge of a section of the Elbe
Elbe
River that spans the states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, and Hamburg.) Baden-Württemberg[edit] The Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
WSP is decentrally organized and attached to the police departments whose area of operations their stations are located in. Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
Police changed to this structure in 2005. There are eight river police stations in Baden-Württemberg along the Rhine
Rhine
and Neckar
Neckar
rivers and on Lake Constance. Bavaria[edit] The Bavarian River Police is part of the Bavarian State Police. The Bavarian River Police Centre is part of the Central Franconia Police HQ and is in Schwabach. The centre supports nine river police stations along the Main River, Danube
Danube
and the Main- Danube
Danube
Canal as well as 14 police stations with water police missions on the 25 largest lakes in Bavaria. Berlin[edit] The Berlin
Berlin
WSP is responsible for patrolling the extensive waterway network of the city and state of Berlin, and forms part of Central Directorate of the Berlin
Berlin
Police. Besides the normal responsibilities of the water police, the Berlin
Berlin
WSP also has an important security role because of the many government and other capital city related buildings to be found alongside the River Spree
Spree
and other inner-urban waterways.[4][5] The Berlin
Berlin
WSP comprises three geographically based Wachen. WSP West operates out of a police station on the River Havel
Havel
at Spandau, WSP Mitte operates from a station at the junction of the River Spree
Spree
and the Charlottenburg Canal, and WSP Ost operates from a station on the River Spree
Spree
at Treptow.[5][6][7] Brandenburg[edit] The Brandenburg
Brandenburg
WSP is responsible for patrolling the inland waterways of the state of Brandenburg, and forms part of the Brandenburg
Brandenburg
State Police. It operates from nine bases, located at Brandenburg, Eisenhüttenstadt, Erkner, Hohensaaten, Lehnitz, Potsdam, Spreewald, Wittenberge
Wittenberge
and Zeuthen.[8] The Brandenburg
Brandenburg
WSP operates a fleet of 28 boats of several types.[9] Bremen[edit] The Bremen
Bremen
WSP is responsible for patrolling the ports and inland waterways of the state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, and forms part of the Bremen
Bremen
State Police. It operates from bases in Bremen
Bremen
and Bremerhaven.[10] Hamburg[edit] The Water Police in Hamburg
Hamburg
is part of the state police and patrols the rivers Elbe, Alster, and their branches, as well as parts of the coastal region of the North Sea. As of 2009, the Hamburg
Hamburg
Water Police had five stations, two of which are not actually in Hamburg. One is located at the mouth of the Elbe river in Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, and another is a sub-station in Lauenburg, a town in Schleswig-Holstein. The other three are in Hamburg
Hamburg
proper. [11] Hesse[edit] The Hesse State Police
Hesse State Police
WSP is part of the state's Police Support Group (Bereitschaftspolizei). The river police has six stations along the Rhine, Main, Fulda, Werra
Werra
and Lahn
Lahn
rivers and one for the Edersee Reservoir. The headquarters of the Hesse WSP is in Mainz-Kastell along with its central investigations group. Hesse has eight large patrol boats and 12 small ones. North Rhine-Westphalia[edit] The North Rhine-Westphalia Police's Water police
Water police
is centrally organized and patrols over 900 km of waterways. Its headquarters is in Duisburg
Duisburg
as part of Duisburg
Duisburg
police headquarters [12] and it has stations (Wasserschutzpolizeiwache) in Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Wesel, Emmerich, Münster, Minden, Bergeshövede, Datteln
Datteln
and Essen. The force has 24 boats and patrols the Rhine, Weser, Ems and Ruhr (as far as Essen) rivers and the North German canals. Rhineland-Palatinate[edit] The Rhineland-Palatinate
Rhineland-Palatinate
River Police is part of the Rheinland-Pfalz State Police and directly subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. The HQ is in Mainz
Mainz
and there are 10 river police stations along the Rhine, Lahn, Saar and Moselle in Rhineland-Palatinate. The stations at Germersheim, Ludwigshafen, Mainz, Bingen, St. Goar
St. Goar
and Andernach
Andernach
are responsible for the Rhine
Rhine
only. The stations at Bernkastel
Bernkastel
and Cochem cover only the Moselle. The station in Koblenz
Koblenz
is responsible for Rhine, Mosselle and Lahn
Lahn
and the Trier
Trier
station covers the Moselle and Saar. Saarland[edit] Saarland is a small state and has only one river police station which is in Beckingen. It patrols the Saar and Moselle in Saarland and is subordinate to the Saarland Police
Saarland Police
Support Group (Bereitschaftspolizei). Thuringia[edit] Thuringia
Thuringia
is the only state in Germany without a river police force. Hence, recent conflicts between Thuringian police forces and left-wing groups in the Hohenfelden
Hohenfelden
Reservoir
Reservoir
area are hard to deal with for the Thuringian government.[citation needed] External links[edit]

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References[edit]

^ a b "Einsatzschiffe sowie Kontroll- und Streifenboote" [Cruise and patrol vessels] (in German). Bundespolizei. Retrieved 18 June 2012.  ^ CIA Factbook-Germany https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gm.html#Comm ^ NRW police page on the Water Police School (in German) http://www1.polizei-nrw.de/wasserschutz/Wir%20stellen%20uns%20vor/Wasserschutzpolizeischule%20Hamburg/article/Wasserschutzpolizeischule_Hamburg.html?02bc695a6dfae99cb7e10206f3a6dab8=l8v8uq5eqa22n8c1k8cdnb0k41 ^ " Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
- Berlin" (in German). Der Polizeipräsident in Berlin. Retrieved 2011-01-13.  ^ a b " Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
- Berlin
Berlin
- Mitte" (in German). Der Polizeipräsident in Berlin. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ " Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
- Berlin
Berlin
- West" (in German). Der Polizeipräsident in Berlin. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ " Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
- Berlin
Berlin
- Ost" (in German). Der Polizeipräsident in Berlin. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ " Wasserschutzpolizei
Wasserschutzpolizei
Land Brandenburg" (PDF). Elektronischer Wasserstraßen-Informationsservice (ELWIS) (in German). Wasser- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Bundes. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ "Die Boote der Brandenburger Wasserschutzpolizei" (in German). Polizei Brandenburg. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ "Polizei Bremen
Bremen
- Wasserschutz" (in German). bremen.online GmbH. Retrieved 2011-01-14.  ^ "Behördenfinder Hamburg
Hamburg
(selectable list)" (in German). Retrieved 2009-09-24.  ^ NRW Police about its Water Police (in German) http://www1.polizei-nrw.de/wasserschutz/Wir%20stellen%20uns%20vor/Dienststellen/

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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 D

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