Federal Office of Criminal Investigation/ Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Wiesbaden, Germany

The Federal Office of Criminal Investigation/Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) is a subordinate agency to the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

The BKA is an essential cornerstone in a comprehensive system of crime control and works as a partner with the police forces of the Federation and of the individual German states. According to the German Constitution, for the most part police jurisdiction in Germany lies with the 16 German states. However, the diversity resulting from the principle of federalism should not lead to uncoordinated activity that creates obstacles for police work.