Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll

Cologne, Germany

Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll

The Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll (Central Customs Support Group, ZUZ) is the police tactical unit of the German Customs Service (Bundeszollverwaltung) and subordinate to the German Customs Investigation Bureau (Zollkriminalamt, ZKA).

In response to the increasing violence against law enforcement officers, the ZUZ was formed in 1997 as the customs tactical unit for use when regular officers would be in too much danger. Until that point, the German Customs services requested the service of the SEK units or the GSG 9 for high-risk missions. However, due to the workload of these units, the German Customs Service decided to establish their own special unit for these types of missions.

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