Technology, training and knowledge for Early-Warning / Early-Action led policing in fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism





The use of new technologies by criminal organizations strengthens their capabilities to support their activities and committing crimes anonymously.

Since Organized Crime and Terrorist (OCT) organizations are often at the forefront of technological innovation for planning, executing and concealing their criminal activities and the revenues stemming from them, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) need to be ahead of the curve.

Anticipation is the way forward for Law Enforcement Agencies, for this reason earlier and better knowledge and intelligence is required.



The COPKIT project focuses on analysing, preventing, investigating and mitigating the use that organised crime and terrorist groups make of new information and communication technologies.

Early Warning methodology explains how crimes are evolving, identifying weak signals, warnings, new trends, and forms a basis for assisting decision-makers, at both strategic and operational levels, in order to develop Early Action (preparedness, mitigation, prevention and other security policies).

In this context, COPKIT is developing a toolkit to support the Early Warning (EW)/Early Action (EA) methodology which will enable Law Enforcement Agencies to stay ahead of new technological developments used by organised crime and terrorism groups.


Our role

Trilateral Research’s work within COPKIT focuses on conducting an integrated data protection and ethical impact assessment of COPKIT technologies to ensure that the developed eco-system respects societal requirements as well as EU legal and ethical principles, including privacy.

Trilateral Research is also leading the development and implementation of the project’s dissemination, communication and exploitation plans to raise awareness of COPKIT and its findings, while increasing the impact of the project and the opportunity to commercialise the research outputs.



Key aspects of the project are:

  • The EW/EA methodology
  • Efficient and effective gathering of relevant information and knowledge for timely and accurate situation assessment
  • A multifaceted approach to improving prevention and investigation capabilities (methodology, knowledge, tools, training, etc.)
  • Incorporating privacy protection, security and uncertainty management “by-design”, with a direct involvement of LEA partners
  • Training and exercise programs for LEAs

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COPKIT is a game changer in the field fighting organized crime and terrorism (OCT).

The project will improve the agility with which results from the analysis of global trends on organised crime will inform crime-watch investigations on ongoing and new criminal cases.

The combined use of COPKIT’s Early Warning/Early Action methodology, appropriate analytics tools and a comprehensive approach for information management will benefit Law Enforcement Agencies in the following way:


  • It will be easier to adapt individual criminal investigation activities to emerging trends and changes in usage of digital technologies by criminal organisations
  • European Member States will be able to share information on changes in a criminal’s usage of digital information and by sharing models and patterns that capture trends in the digital domain
  • Observations and inferences from individual criminal investigations across all European Member States will be able to contribute not only to global crime-related trend analyses but also to investigation strategy adaptations; resulting in a much faster proliferation of new tools and techniques to fight crime


For more information and updates visit the COPKIT project website  and follow us on Twitter @Copkit_EU, LinkedIn, and Facebook


Please contact our team for more information:

Agata Gurzawska,  Associate Research Manager at Trilateral Research


The COPKIT project – Technology, training and knowledge for Early-Warning/Early-Action led policing in fighting Organised Crime and Terrorism – has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786687

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