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EU backs greater police cooperation to combat organised crime

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At a seminar organised by the European Police College, Antonio Camacho, Spanish Secretary of State for Home Affairs, spoke in favour of increased international cooperation and improved training to fight international and globalised crime.

"Faced with international and globalised crime, the solution must involve international cooperation, shared responses and coordinated actions”, said the Spanish Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Antonio Camacho, in his closing remarks at the seminar on policing.

Police chiefs from the EU and from countries such as Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and Tunisia, participated in the two-day seminar organised by the European Police College (CEPOL) to define the common requirements faced with common threats.

As Camacho explained, “borders are meaningless for criminal networks" and security can not therefore be a national matter but must be global in terms of coordination and cooperation.

“We must take the initiative and always be one step ahead of the criminals”, said the Secretary of State, who believes this will only be possible with better and more specialised police training.

“Any modernisation must involve intelligence; with more and higher quality information and increased and better training”, he added, after saying that police forces in Europe must “make a huge effort to train, excel and specialise”.

Camacho highlighted the interest of the Spanish Presidency of the EU in promoting what is known as “Police Erasmus”, which will allow security forces to jointly improve their training and to strengthen their abilities to work together.

“In an interconnected world we must be capable of creating a network that stops criminal organisations from operating, and strong training is a guaranteed way to fight against Mafia network”, he said.


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