CEPOL course to enhance awareness on organised crime takes place in Rome

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27 June 2022
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CEPOL National Unit, Italy

On Friday 17th of June, the first ever CEPOL course on “Countering Serious Organised Crime and Mafia-style Groups - Investigation Techniques” was successfully concluded at the Italian Interior Ministry’s Interagency Law Enforcement Academy of Advanced Studies in Rome. The aim of this course was, in fact, to demonstrate the enhanced awareness about organised crime as a transnational phenomenon and to better understand and improve the investigative skills to tackle this crime field.

The course was attended by participants from all over Europe and from two international organisations. They had the possibility to spend four days in the venue of the Interagency Law Enforcement Academy of Advanced Studies and assisting to interventions from 17 different speakers and experts from Italian and European Law Enforcement Agencies, European Institutions and also Academic Institutions. The course proved to be successful, bringing on the table the sharing of personal experiences and improving the overall knowledge and understanding of the Organised Crime Group (OCG) phenomenon, without forgetting the creation of new and valuable personal connections.

Please find below a detailed description of the activities and interventions of this 4-day CEPOL course.

DAY 1:

After the welcome of the Head of the CEPOL National Unit, Lorena Capolupo, a video message of the School’s Director, General of the Carabinieri Corps Giuseppe La Gala, and a brief introduction of Carlo Verdiglione, representative of the Central Directorate of Criminal Police, the first day of courses got into the heart of the topic. Massimo Tulini, activity manager, gave the overview of the contents of the course.

The first contribution, made by Roberto Garbini, EUROPOL specialist, focused on an overview of EUROPOL and its Top OCGs team’s functioning and their work to face high level criminal organizations recognized by the EU.

François Farcy from Belgium, followed focusing first on the EMPACT Project, analyzing more in depth the new High-risk criminal networks priority and how it will be developed. Then, he moved to an overview of the evolution of the Albanian Mafia in Belgium over the last 20 years.

These contributions were followed by Antonio Cantero Alvarez, Major of the Spanish Guardia Civil, who concentrated himself on South American and Northern African OCGs and the evolution of their global character, especially for drug trafficking. The fourth intervention was carried out by Sebastien Gaillard of the French Gendarmerie in the Central Office fighting against mobile organized crime. He centered his discourse on the threats and evolution of Russian Speaking OCGs, in particular Georgian, Armenian and Moldavian OCGs. The last contribution of the day was achieved by Chiara Rota, from the Central Operational Service of the Central Anticrime Directorate. She gave a thorough analysis of the Nigerian Mafia activities in Italy and on the investigations and achievements of the Italian Police on this phenomenon.

DAY 2:

Under the coordination of the Massimo Tulini, activity manager from the CEPOL National Unit, the second day of the course moved to an in-depth analysis of the Italian system to tackle organized crime, in particular Mafia style one. The first intervention was carried out by Roberto Dieghi from the Antimafia Investigation Department. He centered his discourse on the main organizations present on the Italian territory and their evolution throughout the years, and especially in the last decade. He, then, moved to the main systems present in Italy to investigate and counter these organizations.

This contribution was followed by Alessandro Pulcri from the Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale of the Carabinieri Corps. A detailed account of the operational and technical models used by ROS to counter both terrorism and organized crime was given.

The third contribution was achieved by Guido Iannelli, from the Antimafia Investigation Department, outlining first the Antimafia Italian Framework and then the @ON Network Project aimed at promoting transnational Law Enforcement Agencies cooperation against top level OCGs.

The following intervention, made by Erika Tosca from Guardia di Finanza, moved to a thorough analysis of the organization and tasks of the Central Service for Organized Crime Investigations, with a focus on financial investigations.

Subsequently, Roberto Ribaudo from Guardia di Finanza, took the floor to give an account of the Asset Recovery Framework, with a focus on the Italian Asset Recovery Office within the Criminal Police Central Department.

The last intervention of the day was then entrusted to Carlo Verdiglione, National Police General, advisor to the Deputy Chief of Police within the Criminal Police Central Department. He focused on the analysis of the IPA Project of which he is the Italian Project Manager. The project is aimed at the support of Western Balkans countries in the process of entering the European Union, in countering serious crime, and the fight against terrorism and violent actions.

DAY 3:

The third day started with an in-depth contribution by Massimiliano Minì from the European Commission, in particular DG Home D.5 within the Unit dealing with Organized Crime and Drugs. His speech focused on the strategic view and legal framework of the Union dealing with organized crime. Indeed, he gave a thorough account of the EU Strategy to tackle organized crime 2021-2025, issued in April 2021, and the new directive on Asset Recovery and Confiscation, presented on May 25th.

The following intervention was carried out by Francesco Albore, from OLAF – Office Européen de Lutte Anti-Fraud, by outlining the European anti-fraud landscape. He centered the discourse on OLAF’s structure, its mission and activities to detect, investigate, and stop fraud with EU funds in member states.

The last speaker of the day was Alessia Forte from the Penitentiary Police. She focused on the specific Italian detention framework for Mafia and other kinds of mafia-style serious crime, by delineating the peculiar Italian 41bis regime adopted in prisons for mafia related serious crimes.

The day ended with a workshop session in which the participants, divided in groups, had the opportunity of sharing their experiences with OCGs related crimes in their home countries. This was the perfect occasion of sharing, discussing and presenting them also in light of the contributions given in the previous days.

DAY 4:

The fourth and final day of this CEPOL course on “Countering Serious Organised Crime and Mafia-style Groups - Investigation Techniques” started with Francesco Caracciolo officer from the European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO). He focused his intervention on the recently born EPPO, where he is a Case Analyst and Coordinator of Team 2. Within his speech, he widely illustrated the legal basis, mandate and structure of EPPO, together with some recent cases of success to illustrate its functioning. The very last contribution of the day and of the course was entrusted to Arije Antinori, Professor of Criminology, Sociology of Deviance and Terrorism at Sapienza University. As coordinator of CRI.ME Lab, he proposed a pro-active work during his intervention in the form of a role-play for countering organised crime in a disrupted environment. The course was concluded with a final intervention of Massimo Tulini, activity manager, and of the School’s Director, General of the Carabinieri Corps Giuseppe La Gala to greet and thanks all participants and CEPOL’s staff.


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