Helping law enforcement tackle organised crime

Helping law enforcement tackle organised crime

Background


In most investigations of mafia-type organised crime, corruption, or human, drugs, arms and nuclear materials trafficking, the gathering of critical evidence is possible only through the use of specialised technical equipment. Although a 2004 law authorised law enforcement agencies to place criminal organisations under technical surveillance, the number of personnel qualified in these techniques and the quality of the equipment available was quite low.

The aims of the project and its core activities

The aim of this project was to reinforce the capabilities of the Turkish National Police and Gendarmerie General Command to conduct technical investigations in order to identify and prevent organised crime activity in Turkey and to implement the National Organised Crime Strategy more effectively.

A first step involved assessing Turkey’s needs in fighting organised crime and assisting its law enforcement agencies in acquiring best practices from EU countries.

Following this, at least 100 senior personnel from the judiciary, public prosecution service, police and gendarmerie in selected pilot provinces were trained in EU requirements and best practices. A particular focus was put on identifying and implementing the criteria for recruiting staff to organised crime units.

Training was provided to 300 staff in special investigation methods such as video and audio surveillance, target tracking systems, lawful interception, cybercrime (including hi-tech and internet crime), and the forensic inspection of computers and mobile phones. A related activity involved providing law enforcement with the specialised equipment to gather the evidence necessary to ensure the conviction of criminals.