An OSCE regional training workshop dedicated to criminal intelligence databases and IT structures supporting intelligence-led policing (ILP) took place on 7 and 8 November 2019 in Skopje. The OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department/Strategic Police Matters Unit, in co-operation with the OSCE Mission to Skopje, organised the event, which attracted around 80 law enforcement professionals from across South-Eastern Europe.
Experts from Austria, Estonia, Israel and EUROPOL shared experiences, good practices and lessons learned from their law enforcement agencies and authorities in setting up, managing and using databases and IT structures for proactive policing.
Participants discussed how criminal intelligence work could be further improved in their respective institutions; particularly with regard to organization and management of criminal intelligence, enhancing quality of inputs and outputs into/from databases and IT systems or making better use of intelligence products by senior law enforcement managers in operational decisions and strategic planning.
The regional workshop was preceded by a side event on the flow of information within the police organized by the OSCE Mission to Skopje for senior representatives of the Internal Affairs Ministry of North Macedonia.
The OSCE Guidebook on Intelligence-Led Policing presents a common and coherent approach to implementing ILP in the OSCE area. It has been translated into several languages and is used by law enforcement authorities and training institutions across the OSCE area.