The contemporary challenges that organised crime inflicts on local societies have been the central issue of the thematic panel “Tackling organized crime at the local level” that was carried out in the framework  of the international conference for urban security that took place in Riga, Latvia. The Head of Anti-Crime Policy Sector of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) Police Major Vasileios Roussakis along with the Head of Crime Prevention Unit of the region of Emilia Romagna of Italy and the Deputy in charge of Security of the City of Le Havre of France had the opportunity to discuss and share their knowledge and experience with experts in urban security, who attended the conference.

During the fruitful interaction that ensued, it was commonly accepted that the local organised networks involved in drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, money laundering, property crimes and other illicit activities, with cross-border dimensions, is a phenomenon impacting the safety and financial activity of European societies. As best practices for the countering of this multi-factorial problem were pointed out the prevention and enforcement, by implementing modern police methods and technological solutions, as well as the launch of initiatives enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation.

As concerns the International Conference, ΚΕΜΕΑ, being a partner in the H2020 EU Project IcARUS (Innovative AppRoaches to Urban Security) was the co-organiser, along with the Project’s coordinator, EFUS (European Forum for Urban Security) that connects 250 local administrative authorities, of the event titled «35 years of local urban security policies - which tools and methods best respond to tomorrow’s challenges?» hosted by the city of Riga on 12 and 13 of May, 2022.

After the Mayor of the City of Liege and President of EFUS Willy DeMeyer’s opening speech, participants had the opportunity to attend the main discussion panel titled «30 years οf experience and innovation in urban security policies». Following the panel, parallel sessions pertinent to the «Experimental session on design thinking: creative problem-solving processes» and on «How to strengthen resilience among youth?» ensued.

During the second day of the Conference, parallel panels on «How to design inclusive and safe public spaces?», «Tackling organised crime at the local level» and «Technology and urban security: challenges and opportunities» presented ample opportunity for discussion. The second day was concluded with an additional panel and a workshop, the former pertaining to the topic of «Challenges of prevention in a changing landscape of radicalization leading to violent extremism», and the latter to a «Practical experiential session on design thinking: how to foster multi-stakeholder cooperation?».

The Conference’s detailed agenda can be found here.




organised crime panel


plenary session


IcARUS partners



yp en new





European Commission