Uniting against cross-border crime
Cross-border crime is an increasing challenge, demanding close international cooperation between police forces. The Norway Grants support training of Lithuanian police officers in cooperation with their Norwegian colleagues.
Lithuania's accession to the European Union and the Schengen area expanded its citizens' opportunities to travel and seek an occupation abroad. Thousands of Lithuanians have moved to Norway to work or study, and relations between these two countries are strong.
Unfortunately, criminals are increasingly exploiting the opportunities of open borders, and crimes committed by Lithuanians abroad have increased in recent years. The need for national police authorities to cooperate in detecting or investigating crime demands cooperation, and the police in Lithuania and Norway are now joining forces to meet this common challenge.
In September, instructors from the main educational facility for police officers in Lithuania, Klaipeda Police School, undertook traineeships at the Norwegian National Police Directorate. During their stay in Norway, the visiting instructors carried out an extensive programme in which several departments of the Norwegian National Police Service were involved. They visited the National Criminal Police Investigation Service (Kripos), as well as the Oslo and Østfold Police Districts. In Østfold the focus was on cross-border crime, and the program included a visit to the Svinesund border crossing station at the Norwegian-Swedish border, operated by the district. At Oslo Police District the topics were organised crime, crime prevention as well as crisis management and negotiations. The experiences learned and the knowledge exchanged will be taken home and implemented in the curriculum at the police school in Lithuania through five new training programmes on international crime focusing on organised crime, environmental crime, human trafficking and other cross-border illegalities.
The support from Norway will also equip Klaipeda Police School with modern technological equipment. A laser simulator system will be installed at the school to replace the current shooting range, which does not meet modern requirements. Mr. Linas Šliuoa, deputy chief of the school, expects both the motivation of the students and the reputation of the school to improve as a consequence of having access to more modern equipment.
Photo credit: Klaipeda Police School
THEMIS: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGAINST CRIMINALITY IN EUROPE
Schengen and judiciary
Type & project assistance:
Klaipeda Police School under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
22 December 2008
The purpose of the Project is to improve the competence of police officers in international crime issues and implementing the Schengen Acquis, with the overall objective to strengthen obligations indicated to be performed by Lithuania as a full member of the Schengen area. Reference is made to the application dated 29 August 2008 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
1. Traineeships for teachers of Klaipeda police school;
2. Organising and implementing training of Lithuanian police officers;
3. Purchase of a system of laser simulators for training;
4. Project audit and
5. Management and publicity.
The Project Promoter is Klaipeda Police School under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.
Subject to national law the Project shall be implemented in partnership with The Norwegian National Police Directorate.
The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Finance shall provide at least 15 percent and the Project Promoter shall provide at least 2 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.