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Police requirement to work with Europe has not changed and must be maintained as UK leaves the EU

24 Jun 2016

We will work with the Government to ensure we retain our ability to work closely and at speed with European countries to keep people in the UK safe.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Vice-Chair, Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said:

“Ahead of the EU referendum, we stated our need to work closely and at speed with European countries to keep people in the UK safe from organised crime, cyberattack, terrorism or violent offenders. This operational requirement must be maintained as the UK leaves the European Union. 

“It is now for the Government to negotiate the terms of our relationship with Europe but we will work with them to ensure we retain our ability to share intelligence, biometrics and other data at speed and to work with foreign police forces on linked investigations, enquiries and arrests.”