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German police forces

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German police forces

Unread postby Hercule Poirot » Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:27 pm

[align=justify] I wonder if Germany will centralize its police forces? But the answer would probably be no because of the Third Reich period, but then again, why not since many other countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia have a national police force. Many of those Asian and African countries have centralized police forces thanks to the British and particulary French colonialism since the French police system is pretty much centralized with the exception of Paris until the 1960s. Then again, the Paris police was like a city government unto itself with its wide ranging functions and powers.

In America, we would saying that such a central nationwide police force is a threat to democracy, but then again, we create a national police force in the Philippines after the Spanish American War because many of the Philippine city police were corrupted and subject to political influence just like American city, county, and state police forces.

Even if the British reduce the number of police forces in their country, you would still have a problem of trying to make sure that you have enough police on patrol and enough detectives to investigate crime since you have more land and a bigger population to cover and with white collar and high technology crimes getting more bigger and complex. Just my viewpoint.
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Unread postby Marcus K » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:53 pm

Well there are already some Centralized National Police Forces in Germany like the Federal Criminal Police the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA). The former Border Police the Bundesgrenzschutz have been renamed the Bundespolizei - Federal Police as it has been merged with Transport/Railways Police. However everyday policing are left to the Länder - States.
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Unread postby DML » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:45 am

After the WW II it became constitutional law that all matters relating the police are in the responsibility of the Länder (states); there are existing only a few federal police forces in Germany whose competences are also defined in the German Constitution (Grundgesetz): Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police), Bundespolizei (Federal Police), Polizei des Deutschen Bundestages (Police of the Federal Diet).
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