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WORKING ABROAD / DEC. 27, 2012
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Working for the Police in Germany

The primary role of the police is to protect and safeguard citizens of a country against crimes, negate civil disorder and enforce the law of the jurisdiction. The police of a certain region is responsible for handling domestic security and making sure that all individuals of there are in compliance with the regulations and laws.

German Police

The Federal Police in Germany has a number of responsibilities, one of which is border security. This incorporates passport control and providing coast guard services to the entire coastline of Germany. Other missions include the following:

  • Protecting and ensuring the highest level of security for all federal buildings. This includes the German High Courts, the residence of the President of the Federation and the Bellevue Palace.
  • Assisting and providing transportation security for international airports and railway
  • Ensuring anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism forces are fully equipped

Requirements

The main requirements for individuals who wish to qualify for the German police are the following:

  • All applicants must be a German citizen according to Article 116 Basic Law
  • Male candidates must be of minimum 165 cm and females must be of minimum of 163cm – with the height maximum being 195cm
  • Pass the physical examination to ensure that applicant is physically compatible and suitable for the role. Disability tends to hinder or disqualify applicants
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Minimum age of 16 years old
  • Must be fluent in English and German
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