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On July 3rd 2020 European Economic Area (EEA) Grants for the Period 2014-2021 co-funded programme “International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime” project “Support to the State Police for increasing effectiveness and quality of economic crime investigation in Latvia” was started.

The aims of this project are efficient economic crime prevention and combating. With the help of this project, the State Police wants to achieve a faster and better quality of pre-trial investigation of economic crimes and better quality documentation for the prosecution process. The program will result in better combating of economic crimes, higher crime prevention efficiency and a strengthened case investigation capacity.

Two State Police structural units work together to prevent and fight economic crimes in Latvia, namely the Economic Crime Bureau of the State Police Central Criminal Police Department (ENAP) and Forensic Service Department. The main challenge to the operation of the criminal justice chain in Latvia is the lengthy economic crime investigation and the lack of the most current knowledge for State Police officials.

The project partners of State Police are the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior and the Provision State Agency. Main project activities are improvements to infrastructure and technical capacity (renovation of ENAP and Forensic Service Department premises, development of an IT tool) and betterment of professional capacity and knowledge of economic crime investigation by organizing seminars, workshops, exchange trips and international conferences.

Within this project, ENAP issues regarding speed and quality of economic crime investigation are addressed by improving ENAP main building, personnel skills and knowledge and creating new and up-to-date IT analytical tool for ENAP. With this project, State Police addresses the Forensic Service Department’s challenges regarding the ever-increasing demand for forensic services by improving its infrastructure, personnel skills and knowledge and by creating new methods of forensic analysis.

The programme funding from EEA Financial Mechanism for the Period 2014-2021 is 8 389 124 EUR. Duration of the project is 46 months. This project will help to decrease the current overload of economic crime investigators and usher an increase in the quality of the investigation.

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