The Insignia of the
Factory Protection Police (Werksschutzpolizei-WSP) employed by
industrial factories served in the capacity as gate keepers, security
guards, and watchmen. These individuals were employed directly by
factories or through agencies that provided services security services
to area companies. Factory Protection Police were required to follow
the regulations issued by the German Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium).
The Air Ministry was the governing body over civilians employed on a
salaried basis by Air Force (Luftwaffe) administrative offices. These
also included employees serving as door-keepers and elevator
The connection between the Luftwaffe and Werksschutzpolizei
regulations stems from the early Air Protection (Luftschutz)
guidelines that governed the status of civilians employed in air raid
protection related work. Factory Protection Police worked closely
with members of the German Labor Front (Deutsches Arbeitsfront-DAF),
Order Police (Ordungspolizei), and Air Protection Police (Luftschutzpolitzei-LSP)
that served or worked within their factories.
Police wore standard police uniforms or tunics fashioned like those of
the German Labor Front. Insignia varied to include police, company,
or factory specific logos. When helmets were worn, they often bore
decals depicting the logo or firm to which the factory guard was
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