Networks in the Field of Police, Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention

EU-focused Networks

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European police cooperation policy. In light of the varied degree of formalisation and flexible range of participants, a distinction is made between networks that are associated to the EU and other European networks. Individual descriptions, in so far as available, are derived from the self-presentation of the respective networks (webpage) or official documents. Feedback is welcome!

EnviCrimeNet: informal network for counterin environmental crime

Envicrimenet is to be an informal network connecting police officers and other crime fighters in the field of environmental crime to learn from each other about the extent and nature of environmental crime, the best practises to handle it.

European Crime Prevention Network (EUPCN)

The European Crime Prevention Network is a large network for the sharing and evaluation of good practices and experiences in the area of crime prevention. It also contributes to local and national strategies on crime prevention and organises meetings, seminars and conferences in this issue area. 

European Medical and Psychological Expert's Network for Law Enforcement (EMPEN)

EU Mobile Idenfitication Interoperability Group (e-MOBIDIG)

The group exists to bring together good practice and advice to member states in relation to developing and using mobile ID devices for police and immigration services.

European Network of Law Enforcement Techology Services (ENLETS)

ENLETS supports front line policing and the fight against serious and organised crime by gathering user requirements, scanning and raising awareness of new technology and best practices, benchmarking and giving advice. It is active in joint initiatives, sharing information and networking between law enforcement agencies, industry and research organisations. It is a point of contact to access European law enforcement technical organisations.

Firearm Experts Group (Illicit trafficking in firearms to safeguard the EU's internal security)

The Commission expert group deals with measures against the illicit trafficking in firearms to safeguard the EU's internal security. Its task is to assist the Commission in the preparation of legislation or in policy definition.

Forum on organised crime prevention

The mission of the forum of organised crime prevention, a Commission expert group, is to ensure the exchange of information, experiences and best practices in order to prevent conditions conducive to the development of organized crime and terrorism.

Network of Police and Customs Cooperation Centres (PCCC)

Radio Communication Expert Group (RCEG)

Other Networks:

European Network of Forensic Science Institutes

The purpose of ENFSI is to share knowledge, exchange experiences and come to mutual agreements in the field of forensic science. ENFSI is recognized as an expert group in the field of forensic sciences.

Pompidou Group: Council of Europe Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

The Pompidou Group's core mission is to contribute to the development of multidisciplinary, innovative, effective and evidence-based drug policies in its member states.

Dublin Group (Transatlantic drug trafficking)

Council of the EU Working Groups

Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP)

The Law Enforcement Working Party handles work relating to legislative activities as well as cross-border policing and related operational issues.

Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (HDG)

The Horizontal Working Party on Drugs (HDG) was established in 1997 and is responsible for leading and managing the Council's work on drugs. It performs both legislative and general policy work in two main areas: drug supply reduction and drug demand reduction.

Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX)

The Working Party of on Information Exchange and Data Protection handles work relating to the implementation of legislation and policies on the information exchange and protection of personal data in the field of law enforcement. It also closely cooperates with Europol, especially regarding the Information Management Strategy (IMS) on streamlining cross-border information exchange.

Customs Cooperation Working Party (CCWP)

The Customs Cooperation Working Party handles work regarding operational cooperation among national customs administrations and with a view to increasing their enforcement capabilities. It defines strategic and tactical objectives for Joint Customs Operations (JCO). It focuses on seeking results in terms of seizures, identification of new threats and disruption of criminal gangs.

Other advisory

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The EMCDDA exists to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate.