In order to effectively fight organized crime, criminal justice systems must address the continuously emerging new trends, routes and patterns unique to this sector. The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) brings police researchers and practitioners together to facilitate international and interdisciplinary exchanges to benefit their professional development. From 19-24 August 2018 IPES held the annual meeting in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna.
The audience was composed of national criminal justice professionals and members of the academia.
Under the general theme of International Police Cooperation, topics included cybercrime, policing flows of illicit goods, intelligence sharing and prevention of corruption. CRIMJUST delivered a presentation highlighting the evolving flexibility of cocaine trafficking methods and the resulting importance of enhanced international police cooperation in order to tackle organized crime. Moreover, the presentation emphasized several successful operations in 2017-2018 against drug-production and drug-trafficking structures in CRIMJUST countries along the cocaine route in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
The contribution delivered by CRIMJUST raised participants' awareness on emerging drug trafficking challenges and on the necessity of strengthening the capacities of law enforcement agencies.
The meeting at UNODC premises also allowed participants to explore future cooperation and establish mutually-beneficial connections.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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