ENLETS: Leading Network in Technology for Law Enforcement AgenciesENLETS is rapidly becoming the leading network on technology within the European Union. With 27 member states joined in ENLETS and an active Core Group, ENLETS will make a difference in the approach of technology used by Law Enforcement Agencies in Europe.
ENLETS was created under the auspices of the Law Enforcement Working Party. From 2008 until 2012 participation in the ENLETS network was promising, though the group was in search for concrete plans and actions. In 2012 new vigour was brought into the group by refreshing the vision and mission of ENLETS. A representation of Member States was formed into a Core Group with a Core Group Leader to enhance daily activities.
Council Conclusions and EDBP
The Council (of the EU) tasked ENLETS (Council Conclusions of June 13th 2013) entrusting that the ENLETS Core Group will be the EU technology watch function for internal security research and industrial policy. It aim is to ensure a better and effective involvement of the end users of the internal security authorities. In addition, the United Kingdom, Romania and the Netherlands requested funding for the EDBP on behalf of the ENLETS members, which was granted by ISEC in 2013. With the Council Conclusions and the ISEC program EDBP, ENLETS now has a firm basis.
ENLETS will serve the member states based on three principles:
- Sharing Best Practices: exchanging knowledge on technology between member states
- Co creation; enhance cooperation of member states on (funded) projects in conjunction with technology institutes and industry
- Research: advising member states, the Commission and Research Technology Organisations on research based on end user requirements.
State of play
In September 2013 the project ENLETS Disseminates Best Practices was launched. This ISEC funded project will provide member states with a summary of Best Practices on five Law Enforcement topics (see article on EDBP). Currently the Core Group is exploring possibilities for permanent funding in order to consolidate the