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Innovation - Law Enforcement Agencies Dialogue

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - I-LEAD (Innovation - Law Enforcement Agencies Dialogue)

Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-02-29

l-LEAD’s focus is on the incapability of groups of operational Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) practitioners defining their needs for innovation. This will be done in a methodological way, also with the help of the research & industrial partners supplemented by a broad range of committed stakeholders. I-LEAD will build the capacity to monitor the security research and technology market in order to ensure a better matching and uptake of innovations by law enforcement agencies with the overarching aim to make it a sustainable Pan-European LEA network. Earlier funded European research with a high technology readiness level as well as pipeline technologies will be closely monitored and assessed on its usefulness. Where possible a direct uptake from this research will be facilitated and implemented in the ENLETS and ENFSI networks supporting the action. I-LEAD will indicate priorities in five practitioner groups as well as aspects that needs (more) standardization and formulate recommendations how to incorporate these in procedures. As a final step, I-LEAD will advise the Member States through the existing EDBP-ESTP procurement group about how the outcomes of this project could be used in Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovation activities.

The overall project objectives can be summarised as follows:
Objective 1: to form a Law Enforcement Network across Europe
Objective 2: to express common requirements that can fill capability and operational gaps
Objective 3: to monitor research and innovation
Objective 4: to indicate priorities for standardisation and policy recommendations
Objective 5: to create conditions for better interaction with industry, research and academia
Objective 6: capacity building and knowledge exchange
Objective 7: to disseminate results and interact with other related networks
The project during the first reporting period (RP1) made solid progress for the establishment of a Pan-European network of LEA practitioners. I-LEAD has the capability to reach out to the “real” practitioners in law enforcement and to bring them together to discuss pre-defined topics in a methodological way, with the subject areas based within the realms of their day to day work. This is realized via facilitated workshops, which have already been well received by the workshop’s participants. The workshops address the needs of the practitioner and defines tangible and practical gaps, which presently disables the execution of their work. I-LEAD focuses on the activities of “daily policing” and not on high level policies.

Another main outcome of the first periodic period was on the LEA organizations in Europe and the Police officers themselves. During RP1, the project has planned and delivered five (5) subject specific Practitioner Workshops. The topics covered in the first 12 months were OSINT, people trafficking, mobility for officers, intelligence analysis and emerging technologies in DNA. The workshops were attended by 75 Law Enforcement Practitioners from their respective Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) from 21 European countries. This is a great success for the project as nine (9) of the countries represented at the workshops have been those from outside of the consortium. Widening the exposure of the project to a larger audience in this way means that any results deriving from the workshops will be of more value and reliable.

During RP2, I-LEAD continued the defined methodology and organized five (5) additional workshops with the participation of seventy-seven (77) LEA representatives from 17 EU countries. This is a great success for the project as six (6) of the countries represented at the workshops have been those from outside of the consortium. Widening the exposure of the project to a larger audience in this way means that any results deriving from the workshops will be of more value and reliable. LEA officers from various EU countries were given the opportunity to work as a consolidated community and being able to voice their defined operational requirements strengthens their position in a ‘bottom-up’ approach for future product development. Another positive impact of the workshops is that practitioners were able to meet ‘face to face’ over a period of one and a half days.
Apart from the organization of Workshops, I-LEAD took the opportunity of the practitioners’ feedback to develop and deliver a report to CEPOL related to training needs in various crime and investigation domains.

Great advances were also made in the area of standardization and joint procurement. I-LEAD managed to commence a related Workshop bringing together a number of stakeholders from the LEA community to EC policy officers.

In same direction, I-LEAD also managed to bring together approximately eighty (80) practitioners from the LEA community and provided a collaboration platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building.

The participation of the project partners to the public events such as international conferences, workshops and the exploitation of the social media of the project, actually “spread the word” about the objectives and the workplan of the project. In other words, how this innovation dialogue will create the pan-European network for Law Enforcement Agencies.
A number of I-LEAD publications were disseminated and made available to all interested parties. These publications are also accessible via the I-LEAD website.

Finally, synergies with other Practitioner networks were created and I-LEAD managed to be active and ready to share best practices and experiences with all Practitioner networks.

These synergies have the potential to maximise not only the I-LEAD impact but also the impact in other Practitioner networks.
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