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The Baden-Württemberg Police Department expands use of the BKMS® whistleblower system

Last year the number of politically motivated crimes rose by around 14 percent to 41,177. This means that politically motivated crime is at the second highest level since these statistics were introduced in 2001.[1]

Particularly in the past few weeks there has been a massive increase in the militancy of the violent left-wing extremist scene in Stuttgart in the course of demonstrations during the Corona measures. In order to solve these incidents in the form of street battles, looting and even attempted manslaughter, the Baden-Württemberg police are increasingly dependent on information from the general public.

Since 26th June 2020, the Baden-Württemberg police have supplemented the BKMS® whistleblower system with a short-term activated registration process (BKMS® Quick Response). With the help of the system the recent riots in Stuttgart should be clarified as quickly as possible. "If witnesses do not want to report to the police personally, there is now the option to do this anonymously via the BKMS®," said Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Thomas Strobl.

The State Criminal Police Office in Baden-Württemberg has been using the BKMS® whistleblower system since 2012. So far, information has been provided on the topics of right-wing extremism, Islamist extremism / terrorism, corruption and white-collar crime. On 18th June 2020, the system was expanded to include left-wing extremism and antisemitism. For the state of Baden-Württemberg, this is another important component in preventing and investigating extremist crimes.

Here you will find further information on the subject-specific whistleblower system of the Baden-Württemberg police.

[1] Vgl. Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, www.bmi.bund.de/DE/themen/sicherheit (access on 03.07.2020)