What I Do

This page is for those who are looking for a professional summary.

43 years as a police officer in one of Germany’s largest police organisations include 23 years of a wide national career and 20 years of international assignments related to conflict and post-conflict situations on a global scale. Senior functions in the United Nations and the European Union, both in the field and in headquarters. Since retirement from active service (2020) I am self-employed, including work as a long-term adviser for the German Federal Foreign Office. With a geographical focus on the Smal Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Roadmap of the Western Balkans, global aspects of Weapons Control are part of my portfolio as well.

Within the limits of my time and capacity I can be contacted for short term and long term advise and consultancy.

Since 2014 I maintain this blog, on which I regularly publish my research and opinion related to international matters of Peace, Security, Justice, and Reconciliation.

I am working on three book projects.


Senior Small Arms and Light Weapons Roadmap Coordinator – German Federal Foreign Office
(2020 – current)

Associate Fellow (pro bono) United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR
(2020 – 2022)

Senior Adviser on Security, Policing, and the Rule of Law, German Federal Foreign Office
(2018 – 2019)

Special Adviser, German Police University, Faculty for International Police Relations

Director of the Police Division and United Nations Police Adviser
(2013 – 2017)

Deputy Director General
– Central Police Services – Police of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany

Project Manager – German Federal Foreign Office

Head of Mission and Police Commissioner European Union Police Mission EUPM in Bosnia&Hercegovina
(2008 – 2012)

Head of Operations Division, and former Police Unit, European External Action Service
(2004 – 2008)

Police Commissioner – United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo
(2002 – 2004)

Director for Operations, Ministry of Interior, Police of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
(2001 – 2002)

Deputy Police Commissioner – United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo
(2000 – 2001)

Deputy Head of Division, Ministry of Interior, Police of Northrhine-Westphalia
(1997 – 2000)

Regional Police Commander – Police of Northrhine-Westphalia
(1994 – 1997)

Head of Unit – Central Technical Services – Police of Northrhine-Westphalia
(1989 – 1994)

Senior Police Education
(1987 – 1989)

Detective and senior detective – various assignments – Police of Northrhine-Westphalia
(1979 – 1987)

Police Education for Captain ranks – Police of Northrhine-Westphalia
(1976 – 1979)