Justice & crime

Each EU country has control over its own police and judicial policies. But criminal gangs, drug traffickers and terrorist networks don’t respect national borders — so it’s important we can work with our neighbouring countries to reduce crime and bring these criminals to justice.

Europol is the law enforcement network of the EU. Although its officers have no powers of arrest — Europol is a coordination and intelligence network, not a police force — they provide vital information and support to police across Europe and coordinate around 40,000 cross-border investigations each year.