Col. Dr. Bernd Bürger

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Colonel Dr. Bernd Bürger joined the Bavarian State Police, Germany, in 1997 and has managed assemblies and large events since 2000. He was responsible for managing camps and assemblies at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen G7 summits in 2015 and 2022. Between 2015 and 2020, he was commanding officer of the Dachau special public order unit (evidence gathering and arrest unit) where he was also deployed “on the front line” at the Hamburg G20 summit. He has served as head of the Police Operations Department at the Institute of Further Education of the Bavarian Police since 2020.

In addition to his practical experience, he is a renowned public order scholar, lecturing in various German and European states. He also was a speaker at the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police Meeting and 2019 at the Public Order Workshop of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, together with Tamara Herold and Ryan Lee. He also spoke three times at the CEPOL Public Order Commanders Workshop in Lisbon, the CEPOL Head of Public Order Workshop in Budapest, the International Public Order Workshop in Vienna and several other conferences in Germany. He holds a master’s degree in criminology and police science from the Ruhr University Bochum (ECTS A), a master’s degree in Public Administration – Police Management (ECTS A) as well as a PhD in Public Administration from the German Police University. 

Chapters in Anthology:
Public Order Policing. From Theory to Practice
Preventing Crime at Assemblies
Differences in U.S. and German Police Organizations with an Impact on the Policing of Public Assemblies
Police Organization and the Policing of Assemblies in Germany
Almost Forgotten Experiential Knowledge of De-escalation
Specialized Public Order Units: Integrating a Community Policing Mindset

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