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|Formed||1 July 2005|
|Governing body||Directorate General for Public Security|
|Director General responsible|
|Parent agency||Ministry of the Interior|
The Federal Police (German : Bundespolizei) is the national and principal law enforcement agency of Austria. The Federal Police was formed in July 2005 as one formal unit of police. In 2005, the Federal Police replaced the Austrian Federal Gendarmerie, which policed most of the country, and the Polizei which policed Austria’s major urban centres such as Vienna, Salzburg and Graz. The Federal Police also serves as Austria’s border control agency. The Federal Police works in partnership with EKO Cobra, the 19 municipal police agencies and other law enforcement agencies in Austria.
The Federal Police is commanded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Federal Minister of the Interior is the highest law enforcement authority. The Regional Police Directorates - established as federal authorities in the provinces - are subordinate to the Federal Minister. District administrative authorities (i.e. authorities established in the provinces for indirect federal administration) are subordinate to the Regional Police Directorates. There are nine separate regional police directorates which correspond to the nine states of Austria. They are as follows:
Dependent on the division, the districts and cities are controlled by either a District Police Command or a City Police Command. These commands then operate through several police stations throughout the state.
The standard issue sidearm of the Austrian Federal Police officers is the Glock pistol in 9mm Parabellum. The most common model used are Glock 17 and Glock 19 both being the Gen 3 models while EKO Cobra also gain the Glock 18 with full-auto capability for more firepower. Officers are also equipped with batons and pepper spray for use as a less lethal option.Officers may also use Steyr AUG assault rifle, the Heckler & Koch MP5 and other similar heavy duty weapons required for specialist operations.
The ground vehicles currently used by the Federal Police include:
The Federal Police experimented with a Porsche 911 in order to crack down on motorway speeding. After a six-month test phase, the Federal Police decided not to order more 911s due to fact that there was not sufficient storage space for their equipment and the high-cost of the vehicles.
Aircraft currently used by the Federal Police include:
|Austrian Federal Police|
|Generaldirektor für die öffentliche Sicherheit||Landespolizei-|
|Commissioner general of public security||State commissioner||Deputy state commissioner||Assistant state commissioner||City police commissioner|
|Austrian Federal Police|
Deputy inspector general
Assistant inspector general
Divisional assistant superintendent
|Supervising officers||Police officers|
|Austrian Federal Police|
Senior chief inspector
Not in line of promotion
Border guard constable
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