Further development of International Law Enforcement Coordination Units (ILECUs) in South Eastern Europe and strengthening of the strategic approach of the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) to combat transnational crime

Project Partner: .BK, Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service

Project Period: September 2013 – August 2015

New Picture (3)

The project builds on the achievements of the previously implemented ILECU projects, during which International Law Enforcement Coordination Units (ILECUs) were established in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and later on, in Kosovo*. During this time the infrastructure in the units to fight drugs, economic crime and terrorism was built and the know-how transferred for effective information exchange, nationally and internationally. With that, the foundation for collaboration and networking among the Western Balkan countries was laid. Nevertheless, to tackle cross-border crime, the project proposes further support so that the agencies responsible for countering international crime, including prosecutors, customs and criminal border police, can communicate effectively with each other and train together. The goal is to build trust and remove barriers for information exchange between the law enforcement agencies of different countries so as to enable evidence and information gathered in one country/region to be used for prosecution in another. The ILECUs project focuses on regional cooperation within the law enforcement process between the ILECUs network and other relevant institutions and initiatives, in particular SEPCA and PCC, to strengthen the fight against organised crime and improve quality standards in the region.

The project plans to reach the following outcomes:

  1. Enhanced regional capacities and development of strategies for an appropriate and autonomous director generals network (SEPCA);
  2. Facilitated cooperation and developed frameworks between PCC and the ILECUs in order to support a regional operational approach;
  3. Established sustainable regional training structure for representatives of relevant authorities within the law enforcement process, especially police and prosecutors, in the field of trafficking in human beings, information exchange and economic crime.

Overview of activities funded by the SPCP:

  • Conferences and meetings for the Directors General of the SEPCA members aimed at enhancing regional capacities and developing national and regional strategies for the evolution of an autonomous SEPCA network;
  • Regional trainings and meetings, training on Europol Standards, EUROPOL study visit and a regional simulation exercise for the Heads of ILECUs and representatives of the strategic and operational management of police units, to facilitate cooperation and developed frameworks between PCC and the ILECUs;
  • New Picture (4)The creation of a needs-based plan and the development of detailed curricula for the establishment of a sustainable regional training system. The topics covered by the curricula are related to international cross-border cooperation and the transnational fight against organised crime, including economic crime; THB; European Union standards, methods and instruments; international information exchange; cross-border white collar crime; asset recovery, and support via ILECUs; program- and project management; process – and quality management.