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Public and Private sector further strengthen their cooperation in the fight against crime

21 May 2015

Europol's Serious and Organised Crime Forum 2015 held in The Hague on 21 May brought together a wide panel of participants, ranging from law enforcement experts from Europe to representatives from the private sector and specialists from partner organisations, as well as academia and research centres. The conclusion of the event is that cooperation between public and private sector is a strong requirement in the fight against crime.

Criminal gang behind trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation dismantled

20 May 2015

As a result of coordinated operational activities carried out in the framework of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), Romanian and French law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a Romanian organised network which trafficked young Romanian women for sexual exploitation.

Best practices in law enforcement communications

19 May 2015

On the 18th and 19th of May 2015, Europol held the 12th edition of its annual conference for law enforcement communication professionals.

The event brought together over 50 communicators of more than 30 nationalities and backgrounds, to share their knowledge and experience. Participants attended a number of presentations and keynote speeches providing valuable insights into the use of social media and communication techniques.

Four arrests following attempted jewellery store heist

13 May 2015

Last week, Europol supported a week of joint actions involving law enforcement authorities from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. This joint operational effort resulted in the arrest of four suspects aged between 35 and 40 years in Bodø, Norway on Sunday, 10 May 2015. The suspects were caught while attempting to break into a jewellery store via the roof of the premises.

Large Chinese Money Laundering Network Dismantled

12 May 2015


Yesterday, Europol supported the Spanish Guardia Civil in carrying out Operation Snake. The operation targeted and dismantled a large transnational organised crime network which operated in Spain and was composed of Chinese citizens laundering the proceeds of various criminal activities.  

Upcoming event: Conference on Cyber-related Research & Development

7 May 2015

On 9 June 2015 Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will host a conference on cyber R&D at its headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands. This conference brings together digital forensic experts from law enforcement services of the EU Member States and accredited representatives of EU industry, academia and research centres. The aim is to facilitate the initiation of joint R&D projects that deliver state-of-the-art digital analysis tools and products that will support the forensic investigations of tomorrow.

Police disrupt organised criminal group smuggling people from Africa to the EU

6 May 2015

On 6 May 2015, Europol supported German Police in dismantling an organised crime group involved in smuggling people from Africa to the EU. As a result, three suspected key members of the criminal group were arrested (all male; one aged 22; two aged 26). Nine properties were also searched in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

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