|German Parliament Police|
Polizei beim Deutschen Bundestag
|Legal jurisdiction||German Parliament|
|Governing body||President of the Bundestag|
Polizei beim Deutschen Bundestag (English: Police at the Bundestag), also known as Parlamentspolizei or Bundestagspolizei, is a separate police force for the premises of the Bundestag (German parliaments lower house) in Berlin. The police force acts on behalf of the President of the Bundestag in his capacity as a law enforcement power for these premises.
In April 1950 as the Hausinspektion der Verwaltung des Deutschen Bundestags (English: House Inspectorate of the Administration of the German Parliament) was established to ensure the rule of law on the premises of the Bundestag in Bonn. Ranks differed considerably from that of other German police forces of the time. In 1994 it was renamed to its current name and ranks became similar to other police forces.
According to Article 40, 2 of the German constitution only the President of the Bundestag may exercise police powers within the Bundestag's premises. Therefore a special police service independent from the executive power was necessary. The Bundespolizeibeamtengesetz (English: Federal Police Officer Act) is applicable for all law enforcement officers of the Parliament Police.
The police officers are recruited from state or federal police agencies. Their role includes the vetting of visitors to the Bundestag, and removal of intruders. They usually do not wear police uniforms, but have a police logo affixed to their plain cloth.
Unlike any other police officers, officers of the Parliament Police are not empowered to assist Public Prosecutors in investigating crimes; they require explicit permission of the President of the Bundestag for such a role.