The Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police), often abbreviated as SiPo, was a term used in Nazi Germany to describe the state political and criminal investigation security agencies. It was made up by the combined forces of the Gestapo (secret state police) and the Kripo (criminal police) between 1934 and 1939 and was headed by Supreme Commander Heinrich Himmler. As such, it was directly under the control of the SS.
Security Police in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit
The Security Police were an ever present threat in the Greater German Reich. The average German was very careful about what they said in public, and in private, especially during the reigns of Führers Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Kurt Haldweim. The ascent of the fourth Führer, Heinz Buckliger, marked a loosening of many traditional Nazi restrictions.
Incredibly, the entity directly responsible for hunting down and eliminating Jews in the Reich also had secret Jews in its ranks, hiding in plain sight. A major of the Security Police was directly responsible for the release of Heinrich Gimpel and his three daughters, as well as quashing the charges that they were Jews. The major met with Gimpel once, and strongly intimated that he was also a Jew, remarking that "You find us in the oddest places" before ushering Gimpel out the door.