• Order Police
  • Orpo
Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence

Founded in 1936


The Ordnungspolizei were reserve police battalions under the control of Police General Kurt Daluege. The Ordnungspolizei, a terroristic and murderous group, were used to secure and hold down occupied areas in the East, particularly Poland and Russia. They guarded ghettos and controlled the Schutzpolizei. They engaged in horrendous atrocities. Recent data has revealed that these genocidal activities of ordinary men, not front-line caliber soldiers, preceded even the Einsatzgruppen.


  • Dictionary of the Holocaust : Biography, geography, and terminology / E.J. Epstein, P. Rosen. – Westport, 1997. – p. 220