On 29 and 30 September 2015 over 140 law enforcement officers, academics and data protection experts convened in Wiesbaden for a conference hosted by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) on the topic of law enforcement information architecture in the 21 century.
Europol‘s SIENA platform, a state-of-the art tool allowing for the secure exchange of operational and strategic crime-related information within Europe and with operational cooperation partners in third parties, topped the agenda. Discussion centered in particular on the future use of SIENA, and the strategic implications of further expanding the platform’s scope in Germany.
On this occasion, Europol’s Deputy Director, Mr Luis de Eusebio Ramos, and the Bundeskriminalamt’s President, Mr Holger Münch, signed a joint declaration of intent on the future use of SIENA.
The BKA – as Europol’s German National Unit, is already an active user of SIENA. A roll-out of SIENA to the central police offices across all federal states in Germany is currently being tested.