The Police Department of the state of Brandenburg is both efficient and friendly. Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, it has succeeded in gaining the trust of Brandenburg’s residents. The department employs approximately 8,000 individuals who contribute to guaranteeing the state’s internal security and who are highly motivated to take on the quotidian challenges their work presents. The well-being and safety of all residents are at the forefront of all decision-making processes by the Police Department.
The Brandenburg Police Department consists of the main police headquarters, four regional police headquarters, the state office of criminal investigations, and the office for special services. The latter encompasses the riot police along with the department of special forces and the helicopter squadron. The advanced technical college of the Police Department is the main department for training future police officers and for continuing the education of current employees. The central agency of the Police Department ensures that all police work in the state of Brandenburg has the necessary material and technical resources. The all-encompassing police reforms from November 2011 have succeeded in building a modern police structure that can respond effectively to the changing living conditions in the state of Brandenburg. Strengthened in its leadership ability and capacity to maintain a presence across vast areas of the state, the Police Department is well positioned to master the challenges of the future while remaining accountable to its residents.
The main Police Headquarters is responsible for the safety of 2.5 million residents in 14 districts and 4 cities. Its area of responsibility encompasses 29,476 km², stretching from the northern-most Uckermark district to the southern-most Elbe-Elster district. This area includes 12,400 km of roads and approximately 2,600 km of navigable waterways. The state extends 244 km from north to south and 291 km from west to east, making it one of the largest federal states in Germany. Brandenburg is also the largest of the new federal states since the reunification and has the longest border (250 km) to neighboring Poland.