The European Security Research Programme: a challenge for existing police cooperation networks in the EU , Strasbourg The Securint Collection, University of Strasbourg 37pp.
(Working Paper Series On EU Internal Security Governance, 3).
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The European Security Research Programme (ESRP) takes the Europeanization of security into the new area of internal security scientific and technical cooperation. This raises important issues in the respect of public procurement that have parallels in the area of EU initiatives in defence procurement cooperation. A policy network analysis investigates research sharing in this new area for police major event security issue networks. The variable net work structures are found to be a factor in determining their responses. This is especially so because police services, in general, have only recently needed to address policy issues related to new technologies and scientific advances. Consequently the expertise in police or internal security science and technology is more narrowly based in police services than in the military and rarely reflected, at present, in the main EU police cooperation networks. Three particular challenges need to be tackled, firstly, too many Commission initiatives and ESRP projects have networking aims and these need to be rationalized, secondly, the EU police and internal security public sector agencies need to be aware of and capable of managing the growing commercial pressures and, thirdly, the EU police services need to become, in UK Ministry of Defence terms, “smart” customers to achieve value for money for the citizens of the EU.
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