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Close cooperation with European countries must be maintained whatever the outcome of the EU referendum

25 Feb 2016

As the debate continues on the EU referendum, the NPCC, the operational coordination body for policing, says that police have a clear operational requirement to cooperate closely with European countries but it is for others to determine the political arrangements to achieve this. 

NPCC Chair, Chief Constable Sara Thornton said:

“The threats we face, from organised crime, cyberattack, terrorism or violent offenders, are increasingly international and connected.  To effectively keep people in the UK safe, police need the ability to share intelligence, biometrics and other data at speed and to work with foreign police forces on linked investigations, enquiries and arrests.

“We have a clear operational requirement to cooperate closely and at speed with European countries and this must be maintained whatever the outcome of the EU referendum; it is for others to determine the political and legal arrangements to achieve this.”