International collaboration is key - Europol chief

Published: 7 March 2017 at 15:34

Rob Wainwright

Rob Wainwright will set out security threats facing the EU in Anglia Ruskin lecture

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The Director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, will discuss ‘Security threats in the EU and the importance of international collaboration’ during a public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford on Wednesday, 15 March (5pm).

The event, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University’s Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), will focus on how the security threats facing the European Union have evolved in recent years and set out the challenges faced today.

Mr Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, in 2009.  During his talk he will present the findings of Europol’s Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) 2017, look at how the terrorist threat has evolved in the past two years and present the current situation at EU level.

He will explain how these changes require policy makers and law enforcement to adapt their response and set out the crucial role of international cooperation in ensuring the security and freedom of all EU citizens.

PIER Chair Nick Alston CBE, a non-executive director of the National Crime Agency and the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said:

“The UK is moving fast to leave the European Union at a time when international police cooperation has never been more important. 

“Countering terrorism, modern slavery and human trafficking, the drugs trade, cyber-crime, corruption and many other serious crimes requires increasingly close international police cooperation.

“That cooperation has been led in Europe by Europol, an organisation headed since 2009 by the UK’s Rob Wainwright.  Describing the trends in transnational crime and the importance of international collaboration, this talk at Anglia Ruskin will be a chance to explore with Mr Wainwright the challenges he has faced and how he sees the future of Europol in a less united Europe.”

The event is open to the public and is free to attend, but registration is required. To reserve a place, visit Eventbrite.