- Federal Investigation Bureau
Infobox Law enforcement agency
agencyname = Federal Investigation Bureau
nativename = Bundeskriminalamt
abbreviation = .BK
formed = 2002
country = Austria
federal = Yes
legaljuris = opsjuris
constitution1 = Federal Investigation Bureau Law (Bundeskriminalamtgesetz)Federal Investigation Bureau Law ("Bundeskriminalamtgesetz"), published 2002]
headquarters = Josef-Holaubek-Platz,
minister1pfo = Federal Interior Ministry
parentagency = Generaldirektion für die öffentliche Sicherheit (General Directorate of Public Security)
website = http://www.bundeskriminalamt.at/ (Austrian)
footnotes = The Federal Investigation Bureau "Bundeskriminalamt" (.BK) (translated "Federal Criminal Office") was created in
Austriaas a federal policeforce to effectively combat crime nationwide and to perform international police cooperation functions. This happened in 2002with a special law called the Federal Investigation Bureau Law ("Bundeskriminalamtgesetz") Federal Investigation Bureau Law ("Bundeskriminalamtgesetz"), published 2002] . The .BK is also sometimes referred to as the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service. It should not be confused with the German Federal Investigation Bureau which is also called "Bundeskriminalamt" but abbreviated BKA.
The main missions of the .BK are international cooperation, investigations, crime prevention and collating crime statistics. It is Austria’s national central bureau for the
European Police Office(Europol), Schengen Information Systemand International Criminal Police Organization(Interpol).
The .BK is subordinate to the "Generaldirektion für die öffentliche Sicherheit" (General Directorate of Public Security) in the Federal Interior Ministry in
Vienna. It is therefore not directly linked with the Federal Police, which is a separate organisation within the General Directorate of Public Safety. This new organisation was conceived as a better solution to combatting supraregional and serious crime due to its structure, specially trained personnel and equipment.
The abbreviation ".BK" was chosen so as not to be confused with the Austrian Federal Chancellor's Office ("Bundeskanzleramt") and the German Federal Investigation Bureau (also called "Bundeskriminalamt") which are both abbreviated "BKA". The full stop before the BK is part of the corporate design of the Interior Ministry . The .BK's HQ is in the Alsergrund district of Vienna on Josef-Holaubek-Platz which is named after a famous former police general.
Federal Criminal Police Office (Germany)
* http://www.bundeskriminalamt.at Bundeskriminalamt in German
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