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NCJ Number: 161892 Find in a Library
Title: Most Effective Forms of International Cooperation for the Prevention and Control of Organized Transnational Crime at the Investigative, Prosecutorial and Judicial Levels
Journal: Transnational Organized Crime  Volume:1  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (Autumn 1995)  Pages:80-107
Editor(s): P Williams; E U Savona
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 28
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The extent of international cooperation in response to transnational crime has increased significantly during the past 20 years, but many gaps in cooperation remain that can be exploited by criminals.
Abstract: Since organized crime crosses national borders and has become a transnational phenomenon, the response to it should also be transnational if it is to be effective. Major forms of international cooperation that have already been developed are identified, and ways of furthering cooperative strategies and mechanisms are suggested. The focus is on arrangements at the operational level rather than at the policy level. The rationale for cooperation is defined and shown to be both compelling and multifaceted, and certain principles and types of cooperation are examined. Consideration is paid to informal modes of cooperation such as personnel and information exchanges, various types of assistance in the investigation and prosecution of transnational organized crime, and formal modes of cooperation such as mutual assistance. The need for major initiatives at the political level to generate awareness of the threat posed by organized crime and the sustained cooperation necessary to counter it are emphasized. Factors that inhibit and enhance international cooperation are noted, as well as specific ways to strengthen international cooperation. 51 notes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign police; International cooperation; International Law Enforcement Cooperation; Organized crime prevention
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