Case Study Category: Crime PreventionCase Study Tags: Administration, Baltic, Cooperation, Crime, Denmark, Germany, Investigation, Police, Prevention, Russia, and Sweden
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This CBC action aimed at streghtening CBC in the field of crime prevention and criminal investigation between Denmark and Germany as well as Denmark and Sweden.
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1. Traditionally, the Nordic countries have had a very close cooperation with regard to police cooperation and a number of agreements have been concluded on this subject.In 2003 the heads of the national police forces in the Nordic countries signed an updated agreement on police cooperation. The agreement is currently being updated again. The agreement contains provisions on more practical aspects of the Nordic police cooperation, including provisions on: a) national contact points; b) processing of requests between the police authorities; c) police interrogations in other Nordic countries; d) requests for identification, criminal records and service of documents; e) collection of fines; f) search of persons in other Nordic countries; g) extradition between the Nordic countries; h) exchange of information; i) joint investigation teams.
2. Police cooperation on border control and cross-border crime exists in the form of Nordic police cooperation, Danish-German land and sea border cooperation, Danish-Swedish cooperation in the Øresund Region and Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation.
3. The Nordic police cooperation on border control and cross border crime is based on annual meetings between the heads of the national police forces and regular meetings in a number of working parties established by the heads of the national police forces.
4. The Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation is a cooperation body established at the 5th Ministerial Session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and focuses on security-related issues concerning border control in the Baltic Sea region. Member states are Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, while Iceland holds an observer status.
5. Regarding judicial cooperation in border regions there are no regional agreements in force. Judicial cooperation performed by the Danish Prosecution Service is on this basis conducted through the ordinary means of cooperation, i.e. through letters rogatory based on the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of 20 April 1959.
6. Furthermore, the Prosecution in Copenhagen has established direct contact to the Swedish Prosecution Services in order to fight rising numbers of cases of robbery against banks etc. with a cross-border dimension.