Organised Property Crime onsite activity attended by police and judicial experts in Spain

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19 November 2021
CEPOL National Unit, Spain

Spanish Guardia Civil in collaboration with CEPOL organise the course "Organised Property Crime" with the participation of police and judicial experts from different EU countries and Institutions.

26 police and judicial experts from EU countries are attending the course, with several lectures, study cases and workshops planned.

The Guardia Civil Officers at Academy of Aranjuez, in collaboration with the Criminal Intelligence Unit (UTPJ), are responsible of this international activity.

The Spanish Guardia Civil implemented the "Organised property crime " (OPC) course together with the European Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL). It took place in Aranjuez (Madrid) between the 8th and the 12st of November, 2021. This onsite activity 19/2021 puts the focus on property crimes such as ATM attacks, the illicit trafficking of cultural goods and money laundering activities related to OPC.

The course intends to contribute to foster a genuine European law enforcement culture and equip the participants with tools and competences in order to disrupt international crime networks involved in this crime.

Objectives of the course

The main aim of the course is to improve and update the knowledge of experts in the fight against OPC. To this end, lectures, presentations, workshops and study cases are delivered on various related topics.

In particular, the goal is to recognise the modus operandi and detect organised elements emerging in property crime; to discuss new trends and preventive measures; to update officials about techniques to tackle this type of crimes, such as ATM attacks, the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, money laundering activities related to OPC, organised thefts and domestic burglaries and mobile organised crime groups.

Experts from EUROPOL presented the different capabilities offered by EU institutions , along with tools for the exchange of information and analysis. Further presentations raised awareness of existing networks in the EU, and of regional initiatives in the area of countering organised property crime, such as EMPACT . A Chief Prosecutor of Romania lectured the judicial dimension of the investigations. The transnational nature of crime makes it necessary to intensify the exchange of information, the organisation of joint training activities, and deeper coordination between police forces and different EU Agencies and Institutions.

Spain CEPOL Course 19/2021

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