Crime Control and Traffic Safety – Integrated Projects of European Police Cooperation was the subject of a recent CEPOL course (25/2008) held in Münster, Germany on 25 - 28 November 2008. The aim of the course was to bring together senior police officers from different European countries to inform them about traffic safety and relevant counter strategies against crime.
Eighteen senior police officers from 12 Member States attended the course to hear about operational interdisciplinary and multinational measures to improve traffic safety management and the detection of crime. Participants were also invited to elaborate on future activities to safeguard the detecting of crime and to improve traffic safety management.
On the first day, Police Officers and Course Managers Martin Mönnighoff and Ulrich Knappe introduced the programme, CEPOL and the German Police University. The participants introduced themselves giving a snapshot of the current crime and road safety situation in their own countries before Michaela Tempelmann introduced TISPOL and the Life Safe Project.
On the second day, participants took part in a multinational and multi-agency traffic safety and crime control check at the Dutch border. The high-profile operation included 117 officers from the Dutch and German Federal Police, the Police Forces of North-Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, the Dutch and German Customs Services and officials from the Public Trade Supervision Services.
The intention of the operation was to control the background of traffic safety and go for border-related crime, such as smuggling, stolen goods, drug-related crime and document falsification.
The course participants were on scene when two suspects with outstanding arrest warrants were taken into custody and a bus of Ajax Amsterdam football fans on the way to a UEFA Cup football match in Hamburg was stopped and checked.
On the remaining days of the course, participants heard presentations on:
- The Dutch-German Police Operation by Karl-Heinz Brüggemann (Germany), Leander Witjes and Theo Bons, Driebergen, (the Netherlands);
- Crime Fighting on Highways - Drugs and Driving by Peter Lopianecki, (Germany);
- Technical Surveillance in the UK by Ian Roberts (United Kingdom);
- Road Safety in Europe by Anni Canel from the European Commission
The delegates appreciated the exchange of best practice, in particular as the input was generated as a result of taking part in a real operation.
Martin Mönnighoff, Head of the Faculty Traffic Management at the German Police University in Münster, said: “The field study particularly highlighted the importance of cross-border and multi-national police activities and the important role CEPOL can play. It is vital that CEPOL is involved in developing common European Policing standards. I was extremely pleased with the energy and ambition of the participants, both during the field study and on the course. I feel that the participants have become part of a functional and supportive network – all good for future European police cooperation.”
The course was organised by Germany and supported by Sweden.