Police Experts Network (PEN)

A key element of the ICT4COP project has been the PEN (Police Experts Network). PEN is a dynamic network consisting of approximately 50 individual volunteer members, including academics, NGOs and police professionals. All have experience and knowledge on Community-Oriented Policing (COP) in post-conflict environments. The main idea of integration of a Police Experts Network into the research project was to include policing experts together with police professionals from selected European countries as well as experts from a variety of international institutions, national police services and individuals with experience from international police missions in the project’s 11 case countries. Thus, the PEN’s practical knowledge and expertise has enriched the post-conflict research findings, resulting in material that is dually grounded in research and practice. Recruitment to the PEN is an ongoing process and includes both retired and active professionals.