The German Police University (DHPol) is a special higher learning institution with university status supported by the interior ministries and interior senators of the federal and state governments. On 15 December 2016, DHPol was incorporated into the North Rhine-Westphalian Higher Education Act, so that its status as a state university has been specified under higher education law. DHPol celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1 March 2016.
The university offers an accredited two-year Master's programme in "Public Administration - Police Management". Students are police officers from all over Germany, who are promoted to the higher police service after successfully completing their Master's degree.
With "Public Governance and Democratic Resilience", the DHPol will also offer a part-time two-year continuing education program starting in April 2024. The interdisciplinary master's program is aimed at specialists and managers from all authorities and organizations with security tasks as well as municipal authorities.
Further, the university offers a comprehensive training programme for the higher police service with 2,000 participants from Germany and abroad every year.
In addition to teaching and advanced training, research in all disciplines represented at DHPol is the third pillar of the university.