Trivium 5: police across 12 countries conduct biggest and most ambitious operation targeting foreign criminals on Europe's road network

Published Mon, 23/11/2015 - 09:11

THE LATEST version of a road policing operation to target foreign criminals begins today (23 November). Involving 12 countries and strategic partner agencies, Trivium 5 is the most ambitious and far-reaching yet. 

The operation, co-ordinated by TISPOL, runs through to Friday 27 November, and aims to detect and deter criminals who use the road network to conduct their illegal activities. 

Trivium 5 is supported by every police force in England and Wales. Officers will have immediate access to intelligence sharing and translation services via a European Operations Command Centre (EOCC) at West Midlands Police in Birmingham.

Similar operations will run in seven other countries (Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Romania). Additionally, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and Sweden have just concluded a specific Baltic Trivium operation.

Trivium 5 demonstrates the value of partnership working. Central to the operation is Europol, whose officers will be collecting and sharing the best possible intelligence on known criminal individuals and gangs. Co-ordination of police officer exchanges is organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network. 

Other partners include the UK’s National Crime Agency, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Insurance Fraud Bureau, HMRC and the Motor Insurance Bureau as well as the Transported Asset Protection Association, which unites global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders with the common aim of reducing losses from international supply chains.

Local communities form some of the most important partners in any initiative to reduce crime, and Trivium 5 is no exception. The process of engagement, consultation dialogue and feedback with appropriate community associations has a key role in the Operation.

Ruth Purdie, TISPOL General Secretary, explains the thinking behind Trivium 5. “Many European Member States, including the UK, have been affected by high levels of crimes committed by members of mobile networks.

“Trivium 5 builds on previous operations to use real-time intelligence combined with leading-edge enforcement technology to identify and dismantle sophisticated mobile criminal groups responsible for so many crimes.

“In particular, we will be seeking networks with operational networks across borders, as these represent serious harm to some of the most vulnerable people in society, as well as to the communities and businesses they target.”

Supt Paul Keasey of West Midlands Police leads Trivium in the UK.  "Trivium 5 showcases good practice in cross border enforcement, the importance of intelligence sharing and the benefits to all sides of effective partnership working, “ he says.

“Travelling criminals are a priority target for road policing activities, and this cross-border operation supports our ongoing operations to deny criminals the use of our roads and to protect our communities from the impact of these crimes."