The Criminal Investigation Department of the Munich Police Headquarters, is conducting a follow-up project together with Serbia, Austria and Switzerland based on the experiences from the Danube Property Crime Project (DPCP) and in the vein of the cooperation agreement in the field of domestic burglary between the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatina. This project is being financially supported by the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and the Bavarian Chancellery and the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP).
The project, called “Danube Domestic Burglary Project (DDBP)” features two international workshops.
The first workshop was held on 21 - 22 March 2017 at Munich Police Headquarters.
58 domestic burglary experts from regional and national police authorities from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as representatives from the Serbian National Police, EUROPOL and the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation participated in the event. A wide range of current topics was discussed, focusing on Serbian mobile organized crime groups (MOCG) and the channels, possibilities and successes of international cooperation with Serbia and among targeted countries. In an effort to optimize fast communication, professional investigation and effective analysis, participants shared their experiences and best practice, expanding and strengthening a network of expertise in the field of domestic burglary. The colleagues from Serbia, along with the representative from the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation offered a perspective on police in Serbia and its organizational structure regarding international cooperation and MOCG investigations, highlighting extensive capabilities to support their colleagues in countries targeted by Serbian criminals. Participants agreed that in order to permanently restrict criminal activity of Serbian MOCG throughout Europe fast and extensive information exchange as well as investigation of criminal groups beyond the limits of regional jurisdictions are essential.
A second workshop will take place in Belgrade, Serbia on 25-27 April 2017 allowing specialists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to discuss topics directly with their counterparts in Serbia, to further deepen mutual knowledge and to establish new contacts for the future.