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The State Police takes over the Chairmanship of Latvia in the Council Baltic Sea States on combating of organised crime 2017. gada 27. februāris

On February 21-22, in Riga, Hotel “Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel”, the State Police organised its first meeting of the Baltic Sea Task Force on Organized Crime (BSTF) that was held in due to the chairmanship the State took over this year. The participation in the event took delegations from 11 Member States in order to identify the latest challenges, exchange the experience and plan further activities on combating of organized crime.

On February 21-22 the Operational and Planning Coordination meeting was conducted, in the frame of which were held as well expert work groups on combating and prevention of illegal circulation of drugs and illegal immigration.

The Operational and Planning Coordination meeting was opened by Andrejs Grisins, head of the Central Criminal Police Department of the State Police, who informed about the current crime situation in Latvia and Latvia`s aims to ensure Chairmanship of BSTF. In a further course of the meeting other representatives of the Central Criminal Police Department of the State Police briefed on the outcome of the fight against illegal drugs and informed about mobile groups, which are combating crimes against property. Representative of the State Border Guard presented problematic issues concerning the fight against illegal immigration, whereas representative of the Customs Police Department of the State Revenue Service told about excise goods smuggling issues. Other Member States outlined the situation in their respective countries and actively participated in the discussions on further possible cooperation possibilities.

Experts in expert working groups on combating and prevention area of both illegal immigration and illegal circulation of drugs discussed the main challenges and possible solutions. It was decided that Latvia will prepare surveys for other Member States regarding the main issues concerning the relevant areas, the answers of which shall be submitted before the next Operational and Planning Coordination meeting that will take place in May of this year, in Jurmala. The analysis of the survey results will help to determine further course of actions and future joint operative activities.

Participation in the aforementioned meeting organised by the State Police took 11 Member State delegations, represented by various state law enforcement institutions – police, border guard and customs. Delegations arrived from Dania, Estonia, Iceland, Russian Federation, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Germany and Sweden. In the same meeting for the first time organized by Latvia were present as well the Secretariat of the Council Baltic Sea States and representatives from Interpol and Europol.

During Latvian BSTF Chairmanship (2017-2018) the State Police will ensure a continuous performance of the functions of BSTF Secretariat, as well as work of the Operative Committee that annually requires organisation of three Operational and Planning Coordination meetings and three expert working group meetings for both combating and prevention of illegal circulation of drugs and combating and prevention of illegal immigration.

 

 

 

Prepared by:

 

Ilze Jurevica

Senior Specialist

Public Relations Department

State Police

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