Carl-Ernst Brisach

Director (retired), Bundeskriminalamt


Carl-Ernst Brisach is a retired director of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA – National Criminal Police). His career in the BKA spanned nearly four decades. Carl-Ernst began with the BKA as a law enforcement officer, specializing in analysis and information exchange regarding illegal proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as investigations related to proceedings for illegal trafficking in nuclear materials.

In the late 1980s, Carl-Ernst became a lecturer in criminal sciences with the Federal College of Police Administration. He served as Deputy Head of an operational counter-terrorism unit and as Head of analytical units focused on terrorism and on drug crime. In 2000, Carl-Ernst was named head of the Drugs Crime Analysis sub-division of the BKA, and in 2011 he assumed the position of Head of the State Security Division, a position he held until his retirement in 2014.

Currently, Carl-Ernst serves as a security consultant with GIZ.


  • Desch, Roland and Brisach, Carl-Ernst (2000-2006), “Negotiations,” in Handbook on police leadership and police operations – comments on police service regulation 100, vol. 2, no. 3.22. Stuttgart, Munich, Hannover, Berlin, Weimar, Dresden: Boorberg
  • Brisach, Carl-Ernst (ed.) (2001), Crime control planning: Criminal strategy, taking everyday crime, drug crime and organised crime as an example, Stuttgart, Munich, Hanover, Berlin, Weimar, Dresden: Boorberg 2001
  • Ratzel, Max Peter, Brisach, Carl-Ernst, and Dr. Soiné (2001), “Control of Organised Crime by the BKA,” Criminalistics issue no. 8-9, pp. 530 – 538
  • Brisach, Carl-Ernst (ed.) (2001), “The negotiation team of the police – structure, recruitment, training and working methods,” Police and research vol. 6, published by the Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Training at the Bundeskriminalamt
  • Brisach, Carl-Ernst (1997), “Proactive strategies in the control of criminal structures,” Criminalistics, issue no. 4, pp. 247 – 251
  • Brisach, Carl-Ernst (1992), “Methodology and principles of criminalistics,” Criminalistics – A handbook for practice and science, vol. I, pp. 167 – 199