Security Sector Reform

Law Enforcement Networking

Training and capacity building

International cooperation

Innovation in the Security Sector

Law Enforcement Networking

Promoting networking between Law Enforcement Agencies is crucial to improve transnational cooperation and to facilitate the exchange of information, skills and good practices.

SAFE is committed to supporting and managing Law Enforcement Networks, where it serves as operational and management coordinator and is responsible, among others, for identifying and facilitating new funding and network development opportunities.

Training and capacity building

Training in SSR is crucial in consolidating the operational capacity and skills of Law Enforcement Agencies (and their personnel) but also for public/private Critical Infrastructure (CI) Operators.

SAFE supports highly specialised training and capacity building activities, both through internal EU projects and technical assistance to EU partner countries in the Mediterranean area.

International cooperation

SAFE guarantees constant support, both strategic and technical, for police forces with the aim of fostering and strengthening new synergies and exchanging best practices, with the aim of fostering and strenghtening European and international law enforcement cooperation.

Target areas are the fight against organised crime, financial investigations, prevention and counter-terrorism, forensic investigations, cybercrime, environmental crimes, seizure and confiscation of illegal proceeds.

Innovation in the security sector

SAFE actively supports innovation in the security sector, both through its own funds and by supporting public and private actors in joining forces to create and implement high-impact EU-funded projects.



    Raising AwareneSs for the protection of places of worsHip by pRomoting interfaith dIalogue on the use of advanced tEchnologies

    1.303.276 Euros
    24 months
    Italy, France, Germany Romania, Poland

    SHRINEs main objective is to share knowledge, tools and good practices on the protection measures in places of worship among several Member States through an interfaith network involving catholic, muslim, protestant and jewish communities. A public 4-months Hackathon on an European level will be organised to identify technologies that could offer tangible solutions to these security challenges.


    POrtS unitED Against corruption

    760.740 Euros
    03/2023 – 03/2025
    Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Spain

    Project POSEIDON aims at strengthening European-level initiatives against corruption in the maritime sector, with a specific focus on corruption in the largest ports. The objective is to gather governmental and private stakeholders, law enforcement, research institutions and networks, with the aim to fill the existing gaps on port corruption research, develop a targeted port integrity and risk assessment tool, and promote inter-port dialogue. A key outcome of the project will be the establishment of an informal network of key public and private actors in the field of anti-corruption in ports, for communication and exchange of information, experiences and good practices.


    EnvironMEntal cRImes’ inTelligence and investigation protocol based on mUltiple data Sources

    5.525.062 Euros
    09/2022 - 08/2025
    Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, UK, Romania, Moldova

    The aim of the EMERITUS project is to realize and implement a protocol for effective environmental crime investigation, complemented with a dedicated international training programme aimed at fostering Environmental enforcement authorities’ intelligence and investigation capabilities at national level and cross-border level.


    Protecting the EuRopean terrItory from organised enVironmentAl crime through inteLLigent threat detectiON tools

    5.379.572 Euros
    12/2022 - 11/2025
    Spain, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Romania, Belgium, Sweden, Moldova, Israel, Estonia

    PERIVALLON aims to develop an innovative environmental crime detection and investigation platform that will build upon the concept of multidimensional integration of heterogeneous multimodal sensor data, ranging from earth observation data (satellite images), video streams from cameras mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and X-ray scans, to information gathered from publicly available online sources and related administrative documentation.


    Data sharing and Investigative Platform against Organised Thefts of Medicines

    1.579.251 Euros
    Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro

    The MEDI-THEFT project aims at boosting the operational activities of LEAs and other public and private stakeholders in counteracting the theft and reselling of medicines and investigating of suspicious activities through the design of an intelligence-based platform.


    OPerational FAcility supporting the fight against illicit trafficking in CULTural goods

    441.946 Euros
    Italy, Belgium, Romania

    OPFA-CULT project aims at fostering international police cooperation in the field of illicit trafficking in cultural goods, providing practitioners from EU LEAs with financial operational support to ongoing investigations and facilitating networking to set harmonized investigation methodologies.


    dRone UNit Network against Enviromental cRime

    74.000 Euros
    04/2021 - 04/2022

    RUNNER project promoted networking and encouraged the exchange of information between local and national LEAs in the effort to scale-up investigative methodologies against environmental offenders. Benefitting from the production of operational guidelines, a 3-day workshop was organised.

  • Support to BAMIN

    (Balkans Asset Management Interagency Network)

    504.000 Euros
    03.2020 - 09.2022
    Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Belgium, Ireland, Slovenia, Ukraine, United Kingdom

    BAMIN is a network of Balkan national Asset Management Offices aiming to enhance the effectiveness of efforts in managing and eventually selling, returning or otherwise disposing of confiscated criminal benefits. Membership of the group aimed to improve cross border and interagency cooperation as well as information exchange, within and outside the region.


    REsilience Support for critical Infrastructures’ through Standardized Training on CBRN

    1.033.941 Euros
    11/2019 – 04/2022
    Italy and Romania

    RESIST engaged public and private operators in the set-up and testing of a tailor-made CBRN capacity building programme for the creation of the first 10 European “CBRN Intervention Groups”, trained and equipped to operate in contaminated environments. The entire process set the basis for proposal of a voluntary certification at EU level, the CBRN Resilience Label, and 10 real-life exercises were organised in 2022, in Italy and Romania.


    TRANSnational TUNnel operational CBRN risk mitigation

    1.050.918 Euros
    10/2019 – 11/2021
    Italy, Spain, Belgium, France

    RESIST engaged public and private operators in the set-up and testing of a tailor-made CBRN capacity building programme for the creation of the first 10 European “CBRN Intervention Groups”, trained and equipped to operate in contaminated environments. The entire process set the basis for proposal of a voluntary certification at EU level, the CBRN Resilience Label, and 10 real-life exercises were organised in 2022, in Italy and Romania.


    OPerational FAcility for fighting illicit waste trafficking

    607.141 Euros
    02/2020 – 11/2022
    Italy, Latvia, Romania

    OPFA-WASTE is an EU flagship operational project targeting Illicit Waste Trafficking (in particular hazardous), implemented by a consortium of specialized EU law-enforcement agencies, open to all European LEAs. The Project aimed at fostering international police cooperation and setting harmonised investigation methodologies in the field of IWT, providing hands-on operational support through an innovative Operational Facility.

  • DronEUnit

    OPerational FAcility for fighting illicit waste trafficking

    Since 01/2020
    European Union

    The City of Turin – Local Police Drones Unit – and Fondazione SAFE agreed to take the leadership of a growing network of Law Enforcement Agencies which operates drones to guarantee the security of urban areas in the European Union and its partner countries. The creation of the Network of EU Law Enforcement Drone Units – named DronEUnit – is proposed to facilitate sharing of information, best practices and experiences in the area of urban security, involving the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

  • Baseline Assessment of the Albanian

    Intersectoral Strategy on Countering Organised Crime 2013-2020

    50.000 Euros
    09/2019 – 08/2020

    The aim of the project is to contribute to fighting organised crime through enhanced capacities to monitor and evaluate the Intersectoral Strategy on Countering Organised Crime. The project supports the Albanian Government in the review and drafting of the next strategy as well as in strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capacity of the next strategy, also through the involvement of relevant stakeholders.