Freiwillige Polizei-Reserve

The Freiwillige Polizei-Reserve (FPR; Auxiliary Police Reserve) of the State of Berlin was founded on 25 May 1961 as reaction to the emerging Combat Groups of the Working Class and should originally help out the Berlin Police in riots and to defend West-Berlin in case of an attack (urban warfare and object protection). For this purpose, the police reservists were trained in the utilisation of carbines, pistols and submachine guns.[1]

The Troubles with neo-Nazis

In the last years of its existence, many neo-Nazis felt attracted due to the intensive firearm training and became members of the force, arousing criticism of the media: In 1993, an examination showed that around 500 of the 2500 members either had a criminal record or were affiliated with neo-Nazi groups.[2]

Dissolving of Police Reserve

In 1999, the auxilary police force was renamed to Freiwilliger Polizeidienst and shut down in 2002 for financial reasons. [3]

See also


  1. Abschiedsgruß für den Freiwilligen Polizeidienst. (online)
  2. Polizeiskandal. Neonazis und Ganoven in Berlin auf Streife. In: Focus. 15. Februar 1993 (online)
  3. CDU will Bürgerwehr in Berlin wieder einführen vom 28. Februar 2011, abgerufen am 22. Mai 2013
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