15 partners from ten EU member states constitute the PROPHETS consortium. Included are four universities, six law enforcement agencies, two non-governmental organisations, and two research organisations.
Every year about 400 students start their training for the third qualification level of policing in Bavaria. Approximately one quarter of the first-year students are high school graduates who fulfill the general employment conditions and have successfully completed a selection procedure with a sports examination and an aptitude test for social competence. However, the majority of our students are already qualified police officers of the second qualification level who will complete their studies as part of a training qualification. Thereby, the theoretical studies take place at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Service in Bavaria - Department of Policing, whereas the internships are carried out at appropriate police departments in Bavaria. Since 2012, the Department of Policing participates in national and international research projects with a focus on counter-radicalisation, cybersecurity policing and training.
CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research) is a multidisciplinary, security-focused research centre situated within the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University. The strategic aim of CENTRIC is to develop and facilitate the collaboration between four key stakeholders in the security domain: Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s), Industry and Academia. Consequently, CENTRIC is able to provide solutions to some of Europe’s most pressing contemporary security challenges through the delivery of ground-breaking research, advanced technological capabilities, professional expertise and training. CENTRIC has close links with a number of local, national and international LEA's and security specialist groups as well as collaborating leading technology providers. This enables CENTRIC to offer innovative solutions informed by the operational reality of modern day law enforcement.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is the Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) with responsibility for the delivery of policing in Northern Ireland. The PSNI was established in 2001 as part of the recommendations of the Good Friday Agreement and is the successor to Royal Ulster Constabulary GC. PSNI headquarters is based in Belfast, with 6730 police officers and 2090 support staff. For the Police Service of Northern Ireland, keeping people safe is what we do; Policing with the Community is how we do it. Policing with the Community is about understanding and responding to the human impact of policing. It is about creating real participation between the police and the community – a partnership in which policing reflects and responds to the community’s needs. The central role of the PSNI is to help build a safe, confident and peaceful Northern Ireland. Working in partnership, policing prevents crime, detects offenders and protects the most vulnerable in society. We are committed to enhancing community safety and building public confidence in policing.
The Croatian Police College (CPC) is an organizational unit of the Police Academy and the Police Academy is a part of the Police Directorate within the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia. The CPC is the only institution in charge of higher police education in the Republic of Croatia. Higher education includes two studies: Professional Undergraduate Studies of Criminal Investigation (three years duration – 180 ECTS points) and Specialist Graduate Studies of Criminal Investigation (two years duration – 120 ECTS points).
Agenfor International is a non-profit organization specialized in participative security. Specific sectors of interests are security and human rights. Over the past years Agenfor has lead several EU funded Projects operating in the field of prison and probation, minorities and counter radicalization. In doing so, Agenfor has been collaborating with Scotland Yard, Guardia Civil and the Italian Ministry of Justice Department for Penitentiary Administration, training hundreds of practitioners in Italy and abroad and engaging in several dissemination activities through the network 'Equal is More', network participated also by the University of Granada, and the University of Prague. Agenfor is also engaged in Libya and Syria, with offices in Tripoli and in al-Qamashly, that allow us to produce articles and news on these complex scenarios and collect first-hand information to feed a strategic analytical work. Activities are carried on through a project management team coordinated from our Swiss office that monitor, write, build partnerships and submit a number of proposals and a training team working in Milano and Padova (Italy) made by both internal and external professionals in the field of security.
The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country, and consists of five institutes: (a) Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), (b) Information Technologies Institute (ITI), (c) Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), (d) Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), (e) Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH). In PROPHETS, CERTH participates through the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) which has been a founding member of CERTH. The participating team, namely the Multimedia Knowledge and Social Data Analytics laboratory (MKLab), has significant security research experience and scientific expertise on the discovery and mining of heterogeneous multilingual and multimedia (Surface/Deep/Dark) Web resources, social media monitoring, OSINT, semantic integration of heterogeneous resources, as well as activity recognition and object detection in multimedia data, including surveillance videos. MKLab also has a wide experience in statistical machine learning based methods, semantic reasoning, analysis and interoperability, content and service representation, multimedia forensics, topic/event/community detection, and visual analytics. In recent years, the team has coordinated and participated in more than 60 European and National research projects in the areas of multimedia processing, information extraction, and social media monitoring and analysis; the complete list can be found at: http://mklab.iti.gr/projects/.
The European Institute (EI) is an independent policy centre that was founded in April 1999 just before Bulgaria started EU membership negotiations. Since its creation the Institute has become one of the leading Bulgarian independent policy and research centres dealing with matters related to European integration. It has commendable in-house expertise of practitioners who have worked with the EU and boast a profound understanding of the process of Europeanization and legal harmonization and compatibility within Member States.
Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is a leading, internationally oriented university consistently ranking among the Top 10 universities in German national comparisons. Freie Universität Berlin has long-standing experience in the administration of national and international grants, and handles more than 131 million EUR of third-party funding every year. In terms of the “International Network University”, including more than 100 university-wide international partnerships with academic institutions and seven liaison offices on four continents, the Department of Education Science and Psychology at FUB cooperates closely with international partners. In its most recent university ranking, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) certified various subjects at FUB excellence in international orientation, third-party funds per professor, doctorates per professor, publications per academic staff, or quotations per scientist. FUB’s program in Security Research, such as the “Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit”, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The Munich Police Headquarters, one of the ten police headquarters in Bavaria, is located in the heart of the city of Munich. The Munich police force is responsible for the Bavarian capital and its administrative districts with an area of about 1,000 square kilometres and a population of more than 1.7 million residents. A total of around 6,200 police officers are responsible for maintaining security. Of these, 1,200 are employed for the Criminal Police. In addition, the police headquarters has about 900 employees. With this personnel infrastructure, it was possible to reduce the number of offences in 2017 compared to the previous year and despite the growing number of citizens. At the same time, we have succeeded in raising the detection rate. In a nutshell: increasing population, fewer offences, more solved cases! Munich is one of the safest cities in Europe. In addition to the many major operations, such as the annual Munich Security Conference with numerous high-ranking state guests, the Oktoberfest or the FC Bayern Munich soccer matches, the police headquarters is constantly working on projects: For example the pilot project Body-Cam, the expansion of the police messenger service and since June 2017 the Munich police have 37 super-recognisers certified by the University of Greenwich, to name only a few.
The Provveditorato Regionale is a peripheral organ of leadership of the Ministry of Justice. Competent in matters of personnel, organization of services and institutions, detainees and internees, relations with local authorities, the regions and the national health service, performing these tasks at the local level according to plan, the guidelines and directives laid out by the Department of Penitentiary Administration, in order to ensure the uniformity of the action prison in Italy. Every year this Office arranges an Annual Training Plan, accordingly, to the central administration guidelines, whose aim is to meet the personnel needs of every local district concerned.
Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet, PPA) is a police authority. The police is an institution of executive power within the area of government of the Ministry of the Interior and the main functions thereof are protection of public order, organization of matters of border management, detection and elimination of marine pollution, organization of search and rescue operations at sea, and organization of matters in the area of citizenship and migration. PPA is developing cooperation with other national authorities, local government units, public organizations, citizens and their communities, and other countries and international law enforcement bodies.
The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60,000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3,500 professors and more than 2,000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 123 departments and 27 centers. The University of Granada is a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), in which its Engineering/Technology and Computer Science Faculty is positioned at the top of the 50 best universities of the world.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), founded in 1913, is a focused university in the Netherland that offers education and research in three domains: 1) Economics & Management, 2) Medicine & Health, and 3) Law, Culture and Society. The total number of students at the EUR, representing over 100 nationalities, is 24,000. This project involves researchers from the first domain, more specifically from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), the university’s business school. RSM is the largest business school in the Netherlands (7,000 students) and is consistently ranked among the top business schools in Europe. Research within the Rotterdam School of Management is organized in the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) a joint initiative with the Erasmus School of Economics.
The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection (former Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection), aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece, at a strategic level. The activities that KEMEA is involved in include a) the certification of practitioners in private security professions at the national level, b) research & development in the context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and c) training of practitioners in new systems and technologies. A main objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach of producing end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects. KEMEA up to now is successfully participating in more than 100 EU & National Projects. KEMEA is a member of several European associations and organizations and it represented the Greek Government as member of the “European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF)”. Amongst other associations and organizations, KEMEA is a member of the “Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE)”, the “European Association of Research and Technology Organizations” and has established links to the ENLETS community (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services) etc. Furthermore, KEMEA is appointed as the Greek “National Contact Point” for the implementation of Directive 2008/114/EC, regarding the protection of European Critical Infrastructures.
The Belgian police is structured on two levels: the federal and the local level. These two levels are autonomous and come under the authority of different departments. Together, the Local Police and Federal Police perform the integrated police function. They complement one another and work in close cooperation to contribute to security and to maintain democracy in Belgium. The core business of the Local Police Voorkempen is to ensure that every citizen can exercise his or her fundamental rights and freedoms without harming those of others. Local Police Voorkempen provides a basic police function in the first place for all those who live, work or visit the one of the four municipalities. This is to be done by being friendly and problem-solving oriented. Providing effective victim support and employing proper investigations effectively and managing local events and/or traffic flows. In case of a major incident and/or a disaster, we deploy a certain number of perimeters to protect the citizens and our own police officers by using and investigating all possible camera’s in our jurisdiction.