Karlsruhe Dialogues 2010

Organized Crime - Dark Sides of Globalization

Jürgen Storbeck




was born in Flensburg in 1946. Since 2006, he has been Head of the department “Public security and order, police, administrative law, fire and disaster control” at the Ministry of the Interior of the State of Brandenburg. He went to law school in Bonn, Tübingen and Munich and passed the state examination in 1973. After that he worked as a research associate at the Institute of International Private Law of the University of Bonn. In 1980, Storbeck was appointed German liaison officer at the General Secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO Interpol) in St. Cloud. Three years earlier, in 1977, he had started working at the German Federal Criminal Police Office, where he has held a number of leading positions since 1983. Initially, he directed the section "International legal assistance and manhunt", and a few years later, in 1988, he became deputy head of the Drug Enforcement department. In 1990, as a member of the development committee of the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin, he was responsible for reorganizing the criminal investigation agencies in the area of the former GDR. Further leading positions he has held since 1991 include Head of the Interpol National Central Bureau in Wiesbaden and Head of the department of international police cooperation and other foreign affairs of the Federal Criminal Police Office. In 1993, he took over the department “Organized crime and business crime.” Since 1992, he has been in charge of the reconstruction committee of the European Police Office (EUROPOL) in Strasbourg. Here he started out as a coordinator and managing director, and from 1999 to 2004 he was Director of EUROPOL. In October 2004, he was coordinator at the Federal Ministry of the Interior where he was responsible for police cooperation with the Gulf States. At this post, he assisted German companies in large-scale security projects in the Gulf region.


ZAK asked Jürgen Storbeck to answer the following question:

Globalization makes it possible that organized crime expands. What can be done against it at the local level?

"Because organized crime is so globally intertwined, it is essential that international, regional, national and local control strategies mesh. Another imperative are appropriate basic conditions with regard to political, legal, technical and tactical aspects to facilitate extensive interdisciplinary “intelligence work” and investigations on all levels. Even on the local level, preventive and repressive concepts of crime control should take into account possible OC aspects. Also, it is essential to continuously adapt further education and training, language skills, methods, processes and equipment of the security forces to emerging challenges. "