A very rare East German Kripo Warrant Disc Kriminalpolizeidienstmarken for the State of Brandenburg, circa 1980. oval, about 50x32mm in size and showed the raised inscription "People's Police of the German Democratic Republic", "Criminal Police", with Police Star, without state coat of arms, showing serial number in a field below. Shows light wear from handling. Exc.
The distribution key for the criminal police services of the GDR-Volkspolizei from 1950 to 1981
After the founding of the GDR on October 7, 1949, uniform criminal service Warrant Discs were manufactured in the VEB Plakettenfabrik Jena-Löbstadt for all of the DDR-Länder and delivered in the first half of 1950 nationwide (initially 11.995 examples).
All existing Kreis- and Land Warrant Discs thus became invalid.
The uniform Warrant Disc, now introduced, was oval, about 50x32mm in size and showed the inscription "People's Police of the German Democratic Republic", "Criminal Police", a police officer without a state coat of arms, and a number in a field.
The first digit of the serial number indicated the Land of issuance, while the registration number was associated with the name of the criminal investigator.
The initial digit thus corresponded to the Warrant Disc's place of use:
1 = Berlin
2 = Sachsen
3 = Sachsen-Anhalt
4 = Thüringen
5 = Brandenburg
6 = Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
7 = For Criminal Investigators within the Main Administration of the Transport Police (HVDTP)
8 = For Criminal Investigators within the Main Administration of Border Reconciliation (HVDGB)
- = for Criminal Investigators within the Main Administration of the Deutsche Volkspolizei (HVDVP) the badges had no reference number, but only a running registration number.
The above mentioned regional - and head offices were subordianted to the Ministry of the Interior.
The Badge Series with the code number -1- before the hyphen was shortly afterwards withdrawn and officially destroyed, as the use of such offical identification with the inscription "People's Police of the German Democratic Republic" within the city limits of Berlin conflicted with the city's four-power status.
Therefore different badges were produced, which now included the number -9- before the hyphen and bore the inscription "Deutsche Volkspolizei".
After conversion of the five Länder into fifteen Bezirke via the "Democratization Law" of 23.7.1952, the Bezirke, which were on the territory of a Land, retained its reference numbers.
The districts of Leipzig, Dresden and Karl-Marx-Stadt thus retained the number -2-, hitherto inidcating "Saxony."
The loss rate of badges was relatively high, so that as early as the mid-1970s, their very necessity was discussed with a clear tendency towards recalling them all.
No new badges were issued at that time and criminal investigators identified themselves officially with their service cards.
On 1 September 1980, the Minister of the Interior and Chief of the German People's Police took a decision on principle, according to which all remaining badges were to be confiscated by 30 June 1981.
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