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RAILPOL: TRANSEC (Transport Security) RAIL

RAILPOL unites EU countries’ railway law enforcement agencies, strengthening cross-border cooperation and providing a forum for an exchange of information, know-how and good practice.

Project dates 01/12/2007 - 01/12/2010
Total budget€1 083 000
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorNetherlands Police Agency (the Netherlands)
Associate Partners18 Railway Police Organisations from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

Project Description

The TRANSEC RAIL project supports the expansion and activities of RAILPOL, the European Network of Railway Police Forces. RAILPOL brings together EU countries’ railway law enforcement agencies and establishes cross-border cooperation and harmonisation of control practices. It does this through various means: meetings between the Heads of Service of the participating member organisations, activities of working groups, exchange of good practice, cross-border exchange of experts, and organising large-scale cross-border control operations. RAILPOL also develops information databases and expert systems to improve border checks by its member organisations.

Benefits and results

Closer cross-border cooperation between RAILPOL’s member organisations, along with an increased exchange of know-how and good practice, has significantly enhanced the performance of member organisations. As a result, RAILPOL members have started to cooperate in joint cross-border control operations that cover almost all rail-transport-corridors in Europe. By cooperating under the umbrella of RAILPOL, they are also able to address the challenges of the internationalisation in this domain.

RAILPOL’s ultimate goal is to develop a more or less harmonised model for law-enforcement in European rail.

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