Rheinland-Pfalz State Police
Rhineland-Palatinate Police numbers approx. 9,000 police officers. The five regional police authorities are headquartered in Koblenz
Koblenz is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck and its monument are situated.As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the...

, Trier
Trier, historically called in English Treves is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle. It is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC....

, Mainz
Mainz under the Holy Roman Empire, and previously was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire...

, Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern is a city in southwest Germany, located in the Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate at the edge of the Palatinate forest . The historic centre dates to the 9th century. It is from Paris, from Frankfurt am Main, and from Luxembourg.Kaiserslautern is home to 99,469 people...

 (Westpfalz) and Ludwigshafen (Rheinpfalz).

As in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate is abolishing the “green star” ranks meaning Rhineland-Palatinate’s police officers will start to work the road as Kommissars. This reform aims at making the police profession more attractive and improving promotion chances. Rhineland-Palatinate is also one of the Länder that does not train its cadets through the Bepos anymore but has its own faculty at the state College of Public Administration and a professional development school, both directly responsible to the police department in the Interior Ministry. The faculty and the school were combined at a new joint facility in 1996 located at the refurbished housing area of the former Hahn Air Base
Hahn Air Base
Hahn Air Base was a frontline NATO facility in Germany for over 40 years during the Cold War...


The Landeskriminalamt
Landeskriminalamt - is the German term for a State Investigation Bureau in Germany. LKAs are part of the state police which, in turn, is directly subordinate to the respective state ministry of the interior.-Investigations:...

(State Investigation Bureau) was founded in 1947, is situated in Mainz and employs approx. 300 officers and 90 civilian staff. Its missions are: witness protection, state security, undercover investigations, statistics, monitoring the development of crime, crime prevention, criminal investigations analysis, exchange of information with foreign countries and forensic science.

The Police Support Group HQ (Direktion der Bereitschaftspolizei) in Mainz controls two rapid reaction battalions (Bereitschaftspolizeiabteilungen) (BPA), the police helicopter squadron and the Spezialeinsatzkommando (SWAT
A SWAT team is an elite tactical unit in various national law enforcement departments. They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers...

) and close protection teams. The state’s three police helicopters are stationed at Winningen airfield near Koblenz. The BPAs are situated in Enkenbach-Alsenborn
Enkenbach-Alsenborn is a municipality in the district of Kaiserslautern, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the northern edge of the Palatinate forest, approx. 10 km north-east of Kaiserslautern...

 and Wittlich
The town of Wittlich is the seat of the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and thereby the middle centre for a feeder area of 56 municipalities in the Eifel and Moselle area with its population of roughly 64,000...

 and have five companies as the state’s mobile police reserve. The Bepo also controls the state working dog school and the state police orchestra.

Unlike other states, the Rhineland-Palatinate River Police is directly subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. The HQ is in Mainz and there are 10 river police stations along the Rhine and Moselle river
Moselle River
The Moselle is a river flowing through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. It is a left tributary of the Rhine, joining the Rhine at Koblenz. A small part of Belgium is also drained by the Mosel through the Our....

s in Rhineland-Palatinate.

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