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Europol and Police Cooperation in Europe

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Michael Santiago
Date Published
263 pages
This book examines the structure, tasks, and mission of Europol.
Europol was established by the European Union Member States and their law enforcement agencies to deal with organized crime in Europe. It is a central international intelligence and support service and assists Member States in the fight against terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking, and other serious forms of international crime being committed across borders. The book considers whether the centralized model of information exchange upon which Europol is based is the most appropriate. In addressing that question, the book looks specifically at the liaison process between Europol and selected Member States since the organization's inception. It includes case studies of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden. It reviews development of a grounded theory showing the effects of research findings on both the evolutionary progress of justice and home affairs as well as the integration process generally in Europe. Although Europol involves the posting of some customs liaison officers to the agency, the book concentrates almost exclusively on police officers. Bibliography, index