Dr. Christiane Lentjes Meili

Areas of activity

  • Criminal law
  • Criminal procedure law
  • Police law
  • Administrative law
  • Legislation
  • Organizational development
  • Project work and concepts
  • Mentoring and sparring


  • German, English


  • University of Zurich (1987, Master in Law)
  • University of Zurich (1996, Phd in Law/Dr.iur.)
  • Various in-service seminars (leadership, operational management, process management, project management, presentation techniques)

Professional experience

  • Zurich Cantonal Police (2010 – 2024, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department; Member of the Executive Board)
  • Directorate of Justice and Home Affairs of the Canton of Zurich (1999 – 2010, Legal Secretary mbA, Deputy Secretary General)
  • Public Prosecutor's Office III Economic Offences (1990 – 99, Auditor, Legal Secretary, District Attorney)
  • Assistant to the Chair of Prof. Dr. Anton Heini for Private Law and Private International Law (1988 – 89)
  • Membership of Government Council commissions (Zurich Institute of Criminalistics, Archive Commission, Expert Commission on Psychiatric Expertise in Criminal Proceedings)
  • Board member of the Association of Swiss Chiefs of Criminal Investigation VSKC
  • Course leader and instructor at the Swiss Police Institute SPI
  • Head of the women's network women@kapo


  • Swiss Working Group for Criminology (SAK)
  • Swiss Criminological Society (SKG)
  • Blue Sox Club Zurich

Most notable publications and speeches

  • Basel Commentary on Criminal Law, Art. 240 – 250; 328 (up to 4th ed., 2018)
  • Commentary on the Zurich Police Act, §§ 4, 32d – g (2018)
  • «The Big Case» or the prosecution in the Marco C. case – a search for clues; in Liber Amicorum for Ueli Weder 2016
  • «Preventive or repressive?» The confusion surrounding covert police operations; in Liber Amicorum for Andreas Donatsch 2012
  • Regular lectures on specialised topics