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.
|Total budget||€1 083 000|
|Project Coordinator||Netherlands Police Agency (the Netherlands)|
|Associate Partners||18 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.|
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.
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.