On 1 January 2010 a whole new era dawned for European police. After more than six years of negotiations, the whole of Europe - except Italy - joined a treaty of police cooperation to prevent and fight organized, international crime.
Centred at the new Europol headquarters in The Hague, European police are to join forces by setting up cross-border units, Joint Investigation Teams, known among professionals as JITs.
The truth about organized crime in Europe is breathtaking. Organized tax and VAT fraud is thought to be at least €100 billion a year. Narcotics accounts for another €100 billion. There are 100 million illicit drug users in Europe. Every year human trafficking involves roughly 270,000 victims, many of whom are children.
There are no overall statistics for those murdered. The dead are countless.
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