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German laws and regulations

Where to find information

The Bundesamt für Justiz publishes the laws and regulations to a the Gesetze im internet website.
The main site is in German, but there are translations available, with the following notice “Translations of these materials into languages other than German are intended solely as a convenience to the non-German-reading public. Any discrepancies or differences that may arise in translations of the official German versions of these materials are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes.”

For the English translations please visit this page, it covers the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Your main source for the most up-to-date information should always be the website of the Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz.
The site is also available in  English and is called “The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.”

Federal State, districts and towns

Some laws and regulations are governed by the Federal state, the district or town. For more information visit the official sites of the Federal states, districts or towns

Europol

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU)  to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organised crime and terrorism through cooperation between competent authorities of EU member states.  

Please take note of the notice by Europol regarding scam calls. Europol will never call you directly. There is also a link on their website where you can report such calls

Reporting a crime

In an emergency please use the 110 number to call the police or the 112 number which is the national emergency number. See the links below for a complete list of emergency numbers.
For non-emergencies, call your local police office or visit them. Even petty crimes like scam calls or petty theft should be reported and will be taken seriously by the police

Vocabulary

Federal criminal police das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)
Federal police force die Bundespolizei
Every state also has a federal investigation bureau that help solve crimes on state level das Landeskriminalamt (LKA)
State Police die Landespolizei.
Each federal state has their own police force
Police force that handles public safety, general law enforcement and traffic enforcement Schupo / die Schutzpolizei
Criminal investigation department die Kriminalpolizei / Kripo
Traffic police die Autobahnpolizei
Emergency number for the police 110

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