Federal Police (Austria)

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Federal Police
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Agency overview
Formed1 July 2005
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency Austria
Operations jurisdiction Austria
Governing body Directorate General for Public Security
General nature
Operational structure
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. [1] The Federal Police also serves as Austria’s border control agency. [2] The Federal Police works in partnership with EKO Cobra, the 19 municipal police agencies and other law enforcement agencies in Austria.


Command structure

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. [3] Officers may also use Steyr AUG assault rifle, the Heckler & Koch MP5 and other similar heavy duty weapons required for specialist operations.


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Federal Police Volkswagen Touareg
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Four Federal Police Volkswagen Transporters
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Federal Police Volkswagen Touran
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Federal Police Volkswagen Passat
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Armoured vehicle 'Sonderwagen 4

Ground vehicles

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. [4]

Aircraft [5]

Aircraft currently used by the Federal Police include:

Ranks and rank insignia

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Generaldirektor für die öffentliche SicherheitLandespolizei-
Abteilungsleiter Landespolizei-
Commissioner general of public securityState commissionerDeputy state commissionerAssistant state commissionerCity police commissioner
Leading officers
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Inspector general
Deputy inspector general
Assistant inspector general
Chief superintendent
Deputy superintendent
Assistant superintendent
Divisional superintendent
Divisional assistant superintendent
Supervising officers and police officers
Supervising officersPolice officers
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(Fgrp 7)

Senior chief inspector
(Fgrp 6)

Chief inspector
Divisional inspector

Sub-divisional inspector
Station sergeant
Not in line of promotion
Senior constable
Inspektor GFP
Border guard constable
Probationary constable

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