Simultaneously, Heinrich Himmler , head of the SS , the Nazi paramilitary corps, together with his aide Reinhard Heydrich , similarly reorganized the police of Bavaria and the remaining German states. In that bureaucratic maze, the functions of the Gestapo often overlapped with those of other security departments, with which the Gestapo had both to cooperate and compete. Owing to its relatively small size—approximately 32, personnel at the end of —the Gestapo relied extensively on the use of denunciations from among the local German populace in order to conduct its investigations. The Gestapo also cooperated extensively with the Ordnungspolizei for operations inside Germany and in the occupied territories.
The Gestapo at this time became a national rather than a Prussian state agency as a sub-office of the Sicherheitspolizei SiPo; Security Police. In late , the Reich Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick wanted to integrate all the police forces of the German states under his control. This represented a radical departure from German tradition, which held that law enforcement was mostly a Land state and local matter. In this, he ran into conflict with Heinrich Himmler , who was police chief of the second most powerful German state, Bavaria.
It was a police force unlike others in that it did not answer to any judicial or legal oversight. Without fear of civilian repercussions, the Gestapo used ruthless methods to identify and arrest political opponents and others who refused to conform to the policies of the Nazi regime. The Gestapo had relatively few officers, and relied heavily on denunciations and cooperation from members of the public.
The Gestapo were with the Nazis. The Gestapo and the Nazis killed Jews, Handicapped people and plenty of other kinds of people in ww2,. The Gestapo did not kidnap Jewish people, they were rarely involved in Jewish affairs.