The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP)

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) deals with issues such as asylum, crime and internal security. The department has been headed by Simonetta Sommaruga since November 2010.

Head of FDJP Simonetta Sommaruga in her office. (Photograph: Matthias Luggen)

Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga

Simonetta Sommaruga was born on 14 May 1960 and grew up in Sins im Freiamt (AG). Following her baccalaureate examination she trained as a pianist at the Lucerne Conservatory. After some time spent abroad she continued giving concerts and taught at the Fribourg Conservatory. Simonetta Sommaruga is married.

Ms Sommaruga became executive director of the Foundation for Consumer Protection in 1993 and was its president from 2000 to 2010.

From 1997 to 2005 she sat on the Köniz communal parliament (head of fire services and civil protection) and was a member of the National Council for the SP from 1999 to 2003.

From 2003 to 2010 she represented the canton of Bern in the Council of States.

Election to the Federal Council

On 22 September 2010 the Federal Assembly elected Ms Sommaruga to the Federal Council. She has headed the Federal Department of Justice and Police since 1 November 2010.

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP)

The FDJP deals with social policies such as the coexistence of people of different nationality, asylum issues, internal security and the fight against crime. Civil status and civil rights issues also fall under the FDJP’s remit, as does the oversight of gambling and international judicial and police cooperation.

FDJP facts and figures

Around 2,900 full- and part-time staff work at the FDJP.

In the 2015 budget the FDJP predicts expenditure of CHF 2,275 billion.

Last modification 06.05.2016

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