Conseil Européen des Syndicats de Police

Organisation Internationale Non Gouvernementale au Conseil de l’Europe



Executive Committee of Tirana (Albania)

October 20 – 21, 2017

The European Council of Police Unions (CESP) – an international non ‐ governmental organization (INGO) with the Council of Europe, representative of 280 000 police officers

of 14 countries (10 of whom being European Union members) – attended its Executive Committee in Tirana (Albania) on October 20 ‐ 21, 2017.

The Executive Committee’s topic was

‘’Police Cooperation in Europe ‘’

Our era is shaken by a considerable evolution of large-ˇscale events, marked in particular by terrorist acts, organized crime and migratory flows as never before.

This development is affecting all European countries and forces the police to adapt to an increasingly strong commitment. That is why the cooperation between the police in Europe has become an absolute necessity.

As modern crime is internationalized, solutions must be both national and international. Even though international and European cooperation exists, it is still insufficient and remains essential.

Governments should also take advantage of the experience of countries which, unfortunately, have been familiar with terrorism for many years to ensure that the means and procedures for combating terrorism are the same for greater and more rapid effectiveness.

It is important that the following harmonization projects can be implemented and that:

  • methods in the procedural field including operations are standardized.
  • logistics are the same in all countries
  • Governments have a policy of prevention for young people, especially those who have already committed offenses so that they do not switch to more severe delinquency.
  • it is not simply a matter for the police, but cooperation is needed between the various police, justice, prison authorities (in countries concerned), education, health and social authorities.
  • these different ministries must work as a partnership in order to provide the necessary solutions so that European police:
    • may be trained to have the same knowledge of terrorist ideologies.
    • receive distinctive training in intelligence, computer information technology, demining methods, weapons and defense.
    • have suitable and identical equipment.

And that:

  • A European computer program containing all the information on terrorism, similar to the Passenger Name Record (PNR) file adopted by the European Parliament on April 15, 2016.
  • in each country, there are anti-ˇterrorist units with personnel assigned solely to this activity.
  • compensation is paid by governments to police families who are victims of terrorist acts and are they are widespread.
  • Funding by individual governments for research and the area of internal security
    • A central European police in charge of the harmonization of the various counter-ˇterrorism procedures.
    • CESP believes that for the coherent action against terrorism and any form of organized crime, reflecting on the creation of a European judicial prosecutor’s office is necessary.

Given the scale of the terrorist phenomenon, both at European and global levels, with serious consequences for the future of peoples and democracies, it is urgent that governments adopt the same laws and procedures for protecting all forms of organized crime as they are the guarantors of the rights and freedoms of individuals and one of the pillars of our democracies. CESP is committed to developing a strategic document in the interest of the police and the security of the population.

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