Police in cyberspace
The Federal Criminal Police Office also pursues cybercrime: we accompanied them on a recruiting day with the camera.
Premiere at the German Federal Criminal Police Office: the first Recruitment Day at its location in Berlin. The Federal Criminal Police Office is one of the three federal police forces responsible for the national fight against crime, with its headquarters in Wiesbaden. The work of the BKA is not limited to Germany, especially when it comes to crimes in cyberspace; international cooperation with actors such as Interpol and other national police forces is also of great importance, says Helen Albrecht, head of the central administration at the BKA.
"Do the right thing!" was the guiding principle of the event, at which the BKA wanted to attract new talent with a focus on IT. More than 400 interested people came to the BKA office to learn about possible career paths in a direct exchange with police officers.
The BKA had 80 vacancies to fill; the prerequisites for a successful application were either a degree, training or professional experience in the IT field. After candidates successfully completed a first interview vetting their social skills, they went on to the second round. This consisted in another interview in which they were tested on their professional skills. At the end of the day, 47 applicants were able to look forward to a provisional confirmation of employment.
The BKA is looking not only for German applicants. The internationally networked police department also offers interesting job opportunities for people from abroad. "The shortage of skilled workers affects the Federal Criminal Police Office just as it does all other companies in Germany", said Albrecht.