Police Networks

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European police cooperation. 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!

EU-focused Networks:

Airpol: European network of airport law enforcement services

AIRPOL aims at enhancing the overall security at the European airports and in the civil aviation domain. Our network explores synergies in between Airport Policing, Aviation Security & Air Border Security.

Aquapol: International police cooperation on the water

AQUAPOL is a self-governing Association of maritime- and inland navigation related law-enforcement authorities from EU member-states and from Switzerland. AQUAPOL's aim is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of inland- and maritime shipping related law-enforcement in Europe and to contribute to a more harmonised approach of enforcement in this domain. 

European Network for the Protection of Public Figures (ENPPF)

European Network of specialised CBRN law enforcement units

European Network on Fugitive Active Search Teams (ENFAST)

Informal Network of Law Enforcement Authorities and Expertise competent in the Field of Cultural Good (EU CULTNET)

Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), Europol

Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, the J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will coordinate international investigations with partners working side-by-side to take action against key cybercrime threats and top targets, such as underground forums and malware, including banking Trojans.

LEWP expert group for major sports events

Liaison Officers' (LOs) Management Services

National EMPACT Coordinators (NEC)

EMPACT is the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats of Europol.

Network of National Police Contact Points for tackling cross-border vehicle crime (CARPOL)

Tispol: European Traffic Police Network

TISPOL is active in the field of road policing and is committed to reducing death, serious injury and crime on Europe's roads. The organisation acts as a platform for learning and exchange of good practice between the traffic police forces of Europe.

Other Networks:

Camben Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN)

CARIN is an informal network of contacts and a cooperative group in all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime. The aim of CARIN is to increase the effectiveness of members' efforts, on a multi-agency basis, in depriving criminals of their illicit profits.

Cross-Border Surveillance Working Group (CSW)

Cross Channel Intelligence Community

The Cross Channel Intelligence Community (CCIC) is a regional alliance between police forces and law enforement agencies that deal with cross-border crime between the UK and immediate mainland Europe.

European Cooperation Group on Undercover Activities


International Working Group on Undercover Policing (IWG)


NeBeDeAgPol is a police cooperation in the Euro-region Maas-Rhine, consisting of the police authorities at the borders of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in this region.

Nordic Liaision Officers / Police and Custom Cooperation

This cooperation was established in 1984 and was directed solely at combating drug-related crime. However, cross-border crime has also affected the Nordic countries, which means that since 1996 the Nordic Police and Customs Cooperation includes practically all types of crime.


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Europol is the European Union's law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens.