SCLT Volunteers visit Europol Agency HQ in The Hague
Tuesday 16th October 2018 has seen SCLT volunteers Ash Jones and Jon Williams making a specially arranged international visit to the headquarters of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, to hold a series of meetings with members of the organisation to help raise awareness of the seemingly never-ending increase of older victims being targeted by fraud and cyber criminals.
The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known under the name Europol, is the premier law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU), which was formed in 1998 to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organised crime and terrorism through cooperation between the authorities of EU member states. The Agency has more than 1,100 staff, with an annual budget in excess of £120-million.
At the European Summit in Luxembourg on 28–29 June 1991, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl called for the creation of a European police agency similar to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—thus sowing the seeds of police cooperation across Europe. Europol, or its officials, do not have executive powers—and therefore they do not have powers of arrest and cannot therefore carry out investigations without the approval of national authorities
SCLT Volunteers visit Europol Agency HQ in The Hague to raise awareness of financial elder abuse
Following his visit to the Europol HQ facility, SCLT trustee Jon Williams commented, "It has been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to visit the impressive Europol building and hold a number of meetings with the staff of the British law enforcement contingent, who have briefed us on the ongoing threats to elder safety in the UK. This crucial information will allow our Public Presentation Team to continue to tailor and fine-tune it's prevention products, so that we deliver the most up-to-date and factually accurate preventative advice available anywhere in the UK, or Europe"
Fellow SCLT volunteer Ash Jones joined Jon on the visit, he commented, "One of the main objectives of the SCLT Charity, is to work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of the victimised older adult community with law enforcement and government agencies, to raise awareness with statutory & voluntary organisations of the financial abuse threats suffered by the growing numbers of vulnerable elders in society.
Visits like this, to highly prestigious organs of state such as Europol, allow us to form excellent working relationships with key players in the field of crime prevention if the fields of fraud and cyber-criminality. We hope to build upon the friendships we have made today, to help us in our stated goals to contribute to the safeguarding of the most vulnerable citizens in our neighbourhoods"
The visit of the SCLT Charity staff, was abley facilitated by Detective Inspector Simon Harsley and the other members of the British contingent of Europol, to whom the Charity would like to offer their most sincere gratitute.