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RAN police and other law enforcement (POL)

RAN POL is the working group for police and other law enforcement officials who are responsible for community related police work.


The objective of RAN POL is to increase awareness of the issue of violent radicalisation amongst first line police officers. The RAN POL should facilitate networking of practitioners involved in countering violent radicalisation, promote learning and cooperation related to the prevention of violent radicalisation through conferences, seminars, round tables, workshops & study visits, and to formulate recommendations to policy makers.


RAN POL is a peer network of professionals to facilitate the provision of support and learning across all parts of the network. The ambition is to provide a wide EU geographic coverage in the different Member States.. The RAN POL working group has established a network of suitable Points of Contact within relevant Police, Law Enforcement or equivalent agencies.


The tasks of the RAN POL working group are to:

  • Complete the list of points of contacts, to ensure that the network connects to all of Europe;
  • Organise two regional workshops on regional topics (Nordic/Baltic Dec 2012, Balkans 2013)
  • Facilitate CoPPra training sessions in Member States, adapted to regional requirements;
  • Explore the requirement and suitability for activity focussing on self-radicalised actors;
  • Design a process for peer evaluation of Good Practices & support of activities in this field (2013-2014).

Working Group updates

  • RAN POL organised plenary meeting on police and community engagement
    On 11 and 12 March 2015 RAN POL organised a plenary meeting in Madrid (ES) on police, prevention and community engagement. With community police as a main focus, the importance of well-trained police officers, with good communications skills, as well as the need for support from their management, was emphasized during the meeting. In addition more awareness amongst police officers is needed to avoid certain (unaware) attitudes which could enlarge the problem, such as ethnic profiling or criminalising certain groups. The importance of cooperation with other partners was mentioned as well, since identity processes and feelings of inclusion and exclusion are part of radicalisation processes. A conclusion was that police cannot do it alone.
  • RAN POL preparatory meeting on foreign fighters and other issues
    On 15 February 2014, RAN POL held a preparatory meeting to discuss the upcoming plenary meeting on 11 and 12 March 2015 in Madrid. The RAN POL board and representatives from the different EU regions drafted the programme for the upcoming plenary meeting. Day one will focus on trends in terrorism and challenges and experiences concerning foreign fighters from different countries’ perspectives. The second day of the programme will consist of interactive workshops on, amongst others, subjects as awareness training, the extreme right and hooliganism, and conversation techniques. The programme will be concluded with presentations and discussions on different approaches by the police before and after an event, specifically focussed on community engagement.

Older updates

  • Tailor-made meeting for South Eastern Europe by RAN POL
    On 15 and 16 October 2014 the Police working group (RAN POL) organised the last of their tailor-made regional meetings. In Zagreb RAN POL focused on the national and regional situations regarding radicalisation in South Eastern Europe. Representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia indicated that they wanted and needed to learn more about police awareness training, multi-agency approaches, and how to engage and cooperate with the educational system. To meet their expressed needs, police experts from Denmark and the Netherlands were invited to give a presentation on experiences with awareness training programmes and multi-agency approaches in their countries. In addition to the above-mentioned needs, the Member States are dealing with several challenges. In most of the countries in the region these challenges mainly concern lone actors and the extreme right wing, which is often integrated in hooliganism. Therefore, the “Never Again” Association (Poland) and two police experts in this field from Slovakia and Slovenia presented their findings in the European football stadiums and the different approaches to prevent radicalisation in the stadiums. It was noted that prevention of radicalisation is, especially compared to two years ago, getting more integrated in the national policy of the different South Eastern European countries.
  • On 27 February RAN POL had a one-day preparatory meeting in Bucharest (Romania) to prepare the regional meeting for Central-Eastern European Member States in June. The preparatory meeting focussed on the situation, challenges and needs of those Member States. All the participating countries described similar situations and challenges. The main subjects on the agenda for the regional meeting were right wing extremism (often affiliated with football hooligans), lone wolves, awareness training for police officers and education and radicalisation awareness raising programmes.
  • Instead of 3-4 June, the regional meeting for Eastern Europe will now be held on 15 and 16 October. RAN POL will present and discuss the current situation in the region and the Member States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) from the police perspective.
  • RAN POL organised a working visit to the UK on 10-11 December 2013 to study the UK approach, activities and developed projects run by the UK police or where police is playing a crucial role. Police men of 23 Member States had the opportunity to get inspiration from these promising practices.
  • On 14-15 May 2013, RAN POL organised a Southern Regional Conference in Rome attended by 38 participants from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. After country portraits from all participating Member States on national and community police and its role in radicalisation challenges, presentations were given on specific subjects such as lone actors, police engaging with imams, communities at risk and (self) radicalisation through the internet.
  • To organise the regional meeting for police officers from Southern Member States with practitioners from the region itself, RAN POL had a preparatory meeting on 20-21 February 2013 in Rome with a police officer from each of the states concerned; Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and France.
  • On 12-13 December 2012, RAN POL held a regional conference for police officers and other law enforcement officials from 7 Nordic and Baltic States. The attendees discussed, among other issues, lone actors, radicalisation facilitated by Internet, extreme right, extreme left and Islamist groups. Promising practices were presented as well.
  • On 24-26 April 2012 RAN POL organised a meeting in Sofia. Some 70 police officers and law enforcement officials from nearly all Member States attended. All looked upon the police as a partner, cooperating with other organisations, in an integrated approach on radicalisation. The focus of the RAN POL meeting was on prevention instead of repression.
  • RAN POL policy recommendations   [206 KB] for the High Level Conference on January 29th 2013.


Working Group leaders:

  • Jean-Pierre Devos (Belgium)
  • Rupert Dore (United Kingdom)

Supported by:

  • Andre Konze (Germany)
  • Rob Out (The Netherlands)


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