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.
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
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