The induction of the new Europol building in The Hague is also a chance to reflect on some of the new challenges of fighting crime. The European police authority is worried about criminals and terrorists increasingly using the internet, and Europol is adapting.
Speaking at the opening of the new offices, Europol Director Rob Wainwright said the organisation is changing its approach:
“This is a particularly challenging time for policing in Europe. We will be investing more resources collectively to anticipate better the future of organised crime, so that we can be quicker off the mark in our response against this fast and dynamic new landscape of crime and terrorism.”
Europol say they will now need to be proactive and use more innovative ways to deal with these threats, despite European budget cuts to policing and trying to maintain their traditional operations such as targeting drug offences.
Technology is a double egded sword that poses serious challenges for law enforcement agencies when used by criminals. Cybercrime, for instance, can not be beaten by traditional reactive policing. One of the conclusions is that combating organised crime will require more creative approaches.