Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Police equipment Source: Henning Schacht


One of the most important domestic policy tasks is ensuring public security. This includes protecting the public against violence, crime, terrorism and activities intended to undermine our constitutional order. Only in a society free of threats can people live in freedom. The Constitution requires the government to protect the public. To do so, the government has certain powers. Using these powers to protect one person may require infringing on the rights of another person. Germany is one of the safest countries in the world. To maintain this high level of safety, we pay close attention to the threats facing our country today and in the coming years. These include the threat of Islamist terrorism, a possible increase in crimes committed by right- and left-wing extremists, Internet crime and serious and organized crime. In our globally interconnected world, we are meeting these challenges by working closely with other actors at the national and international level.