The Impact of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) on Combating Cross-Border Crime – Legal and Practical Aspects

Tomasz Safjański
Doctor of Law. Retired police officer. Doctoral degree from the University of Warsaw. He is also a graduate of the Faculty of Administration and Management, and of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. He graduated from the Higher Police School in Szczytno. His police service began in 1994 with a career involving many police departments, amongst others: crime, organised crime, crime prevention, internal affairs, international cooperation, criminal intelligence. 2006-2007 deputy director of Criminal Intelligence Bureau at the National Police Headquarters in Warsaw. 2006-2007 Head of Europol National Unit (HENU). In addition in period 2002-2006, he acted as the coordinator of the Central Investigation Bureau in cooperation with Europol, Police representative in the working groups of Europol (for the strategic analysis, dealing with the development of strategic reports) and a national expert in the Europol Working Group of the EU. At present a teacher at the University of Law and Public Administration, Rzeszów–Przemyśl. Correspondence: 01-493 Warszawa, ul. Wrocławska 10G m. 06, Poland. E-mail:

Law and Forensic Science, Volume 14 (2017/2).

Submitted: August 19, 2017.

The author declares there is no conflict of interest.

Abstract: The article presents the role of Europol in combating cross-border crime. Europol is the main platform of EU Member States crime intelligence cooperation, which use the information potential and experience of over 300 national security agencies and police forces. The cooperation is vital for the public security of the EU area – understood as a form of multilateral international connections and channels of exchanging criminal information between national police forces, special services and other state and EU institutions responsible for public security. The role of Europol in combating cross-border crime is characterised by an enormous degree of complexity due to it’s specific legal status, scope of operating activities, and position in the EU institutional system.

Keywords: Europol, crime intelligence, crime analysis, operational analysis, strategic analysis, combating transborder crime, terrorism, multiagency, international cooperation

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