Directorate Services


The Services directorate is headed by Thomas Kräuchi and performs administrative and supportive duties.

Identification of people and traces The AFIS/DNA Services is the national competence and service centre for the biometric identification of persons and traces. Identification is carried out using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System database (for fingerprint and palm identification) and the DNA profile database CODIS.

Swiss passport and identity card The Services directorate is the competent federal office for the Swiss passport and identity card, and is the interface between the documents’ manufacturers, the issuing authorities (cantons and Swiss diplomatic missions abroad) and the public. It is also responsible for developing new documents such as the e-passport containing biometric data, operating the identity documents information system (ISA database) and providing the public with information.

Identity and legitimation documents The Services directorate maintains an identity document reference collection database containing information on identity and legitimation documents from countries around the world. It co-ordinates inquiries on identity documents and registers cases of identity document misuse. The Coordination Unit for Identity and Legitimation Documents (KILA) issues the police, Border Guard Corps and other authorised agencies in Switzerland and abroad with certificates that verify the data contained in electronic identity documents.

Arms and explosives The Services directorate is the supervisory body for the enforcement of arms and explosives legislation. It monitors the import and manufacture of explosives and pyrotechnical objects, and the import of weapons and ammunition into Switzerland. It also issues certificates for the export of weapons and provides advice to private persons, agencies, authorities, and representatives from industry.

Violence at sporting events The Services directorate assists in fighting violence at sporting events. It operates the HOOGAN database, functions as National Football Information Point (NFIP) and is Single Point of Contact at international sporting events involving Switzerland.

Police information systems The Services directorate is responsible for fedpol’s main IT needs. It plans, develops and operates the national police databases RIPOL, JANUS, IPAS and ORMA, and manages various IT projects. It is also in charge of operating and developing the Schengen Information System interface, co-ordinating automatic data exchange with international partner agencies and co-ordinating technical matters between the EU and Switzerland’s national partners. It plans and manages the processing of police information, and optimises in-house data processing.


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