On 06th of June 2018, at the Council of Europe, a new online tool will be launched to improve cross border law enforcement cooperation.
The online manual, designed for and restricted to law enforcement and the judiciary, will make more efficient the “controlled deliveries” of illicit commodities.
SELEC participated within Council of Europe’s drug policy network the Pompidou Group joining the efforts for creating a handbook in cooperation with Council of Europe’s Committee PC-OC, Eurojust, Europol, Interpol and OSCE.
Controlled deliveries allow illicit or suspect consignments to pass through territory of one or more countries. These deliveries are made under the supervision of the authorities of states involved, with the purpose of investigating an offence and fully identifying the persons involved in it in order to increase the arrests of criminals, dismantle organized crime groups and seize the illegal goods.
Although such schemes have existed for many years already, they have not always worked as planned because law enforcement officials in one country may not be in contact with the right officials in another country, or because inadequate information on coercive measures in another country prevents the schemes from working properly.
By providing information to law enforcement and the judiciary in an easily accessible and constantly updated format online the handbook will enhance cooperation across borders, and improve international coordination that is required to effectively carry out controlled delivery schemes..