The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP)

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) deals with issues such as asylum, migration and internal security. The department has been headed by Karin Keller-Sutter since January 2019.

Head of FDJP Karin Keller-Sutter.

Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter

Karin Keller-Sutter was born in 1963 and is from the canton of St. Gallen. She attended school in Wil and Neuchâtel. Karin Keller-Sutter is a trained translator/interpreter and secondary school teacher. Between 1989 and 2000 she worked as a freelance translator, and also taught at a vocational school. Karin Keller-Sutter is married.
Karin Keller-Sutter began her political career in 1992 as a member of Wil town council. In 1996 she was elected to the cantonal parliament. In 2000 she entered the cantonal government where she headed the Justice and Security Department. In 2011 Karin Keller-Sutter was elected to the Council of States where she represented the canton of St. Gallen. She held the presidency of the Council of States in 2017/2018.Karin Keller-Sutter has also sat on the boards of various companies and foundations.

Election to the Federal Council

The United Federal Assembly elected Karin Keller-Sutter to the Federal Council on 5 December 2018. She has been head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP since January 2019. 

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

Staff (full-time positions /2020): 2697

Expenses 2020: CHF 2,71 billion


Last modification 04.02.2022

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