Policies or practicalities in Europol's information exchange in an 'EU Agency' era?: considering the impact on macro, meso and micro levels of international police cooperation

Syrja, Juha Matti (2012) Policies or practicalities in Europol's information exchange in an 'EU Agency' era?: considering the impact on macro, meso and micro levels of international police cooperation. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Europol was the response of European Union (EU) to meet the need to trade criminal intelligence between the law enforcement agencies in different countries. Situated in the middle of the Benyon’s macro, meso and micro level model of international police cooperation this institution is steered by the EU macro level policy makers and the practical needs of the micro level investigators. The impact of the constant macro level development of Europol, including the transformation into an EU Agency, is addressed in this research by using Benyon’s model. The aim is to provide understanding and knowledge of the nature, proportion, and effect of the different levels towards the information exchange in Europol. A case study approach was adopted for the design of the study, and the methods included use of Social Network Analysis to aid sampling for semi-structured interviews of Europol personnel. The findings indicated that in the macro level the mandate changes have enhanced information sharing within Europol. Moreover, within the meso level it was identified that the development of Secure Information Exchange Network Application further enhanced information sharing and the new Analytical Work File concept is expected to produce additional benefits in information flow. Moreover, the findings identified that micro level investigators are mostly unaware of the macro and meso level changes, thus having limited direct impact, but will now have enhanced structural opportunities to cooperate transnationally via Europol. In overall conclusion, this research has demonstrated that the macro level mandate developments – including the change of Europol into a fully-fledged Agency – have streamlined meso level cooperation and provided positive possibilities for the micro level cooperation, and so enhanced Europol’s criminal information exchange. Additionally to ensure full realisation of the operational support from the information platform of Europol enhanced cooperation across the three different levels is imperative.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 11:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10671

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