Police/customs agreements in the fight against drugs
The aim of this resolution is to promote and ensure a high level of liaison and cooperation between agencies in order to facilitate effective and efficient drug law enforcement.
Council Resolution of 29 November 1996 on the drawing up of police/customs agreements in the fight against drugs [Official Journal C 375 of 12.12.1996].
To emphasise the need for a close working relationship between police forces and customs services, define their respective roles in the context of drug law enforcement activities and enable them to work together more effectively, the Council urges Member States to establish national legislative, regulatory and administrative provisions.
Agreements or other arrangements between police and customs services may contain, but need not be limited to, provisions in respect of the following matters:
- the precise delineation of, and respect for, the competences of each of the two services, including responsibility for drug seizure and related evidence, questioning and detention of suspects, investigation and, where applicable, prosecution;
- exchange and sharing of relevant intelligence information;
- exchange of descriptions of drug traffickers' modus operandi;
- exchange of information on the application of risk analysis techniques;
- exchange of liaison officers at headquarters level of the two services with a view to building up mutual trust and confidence;
- putting in place close liaison arrangements at local level;
- joint agreed press statements;
- joint police-customs task forces, where appropriate, for intelligence and/or investigation purposes;
- agreed police-customs procedures for operational matters involving both agencies and, where appropriate:
- joint police-customs mobile patrol squads;
- joint police-customs training programmes;
- sharing of equipment by police and customs.
The agreements or arrangements referred to in the resolution may also be extended to include law enforcement agencies other than police and customs.