A delegation from EASST took part in the 5th International Forum of Local Police Forces organised by Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) from 8th until 10th October 2012 in Riva del Garda, Italy. The annual Forum is aimed at valuing and promoting the potential of local police forces through the exchange of experiences and best practices at the international level. Police representatives from across Europe gathered to share their latest developments in the field of law enforcement as well as best practises applied in road safety.

EASST delegates and Emma MacLennan at Riva del Garda

The EASST delegation included top level police officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova accompanied by EASST Partners. Emma MacLennan, EASST Director, gave a presentation at the Forum’s International sessions where she gave an overview of EASST’s latest activities and explained the importance of cross-border cooperation of police forces using the successful example of EASST’s police exchange programme between Moldova, Georgia and the UK.

Emma MacLennan and Serghei Diaconu taking part in the Forum’s International Session

EASST Moldova Partner, Serghei Diaconu, who was recently appointed Head of Road Traffic Police of Moldova, also spoke at the Forum’s International session giving a brief introduction of the plans to reform the Moldovan Traffic Police which are going to take place soon.

Vusal Rajabli (EASST Azerbaijan) and Oksana Romanukha (EASST Ukraine)

On the 9th October, EASST held its own workshop at the Forum on “Road policing in Eastern Europe and Beyond” where participants reported on their latest developments and future plans. EASST participants included Norik Sargsyan, Head of Enforcement Unit of Road Traffic Police of Armenia and Kamran Aliyev, Chief of Division of the State Traffic Police Department of Azerbaijan. Oksana Romanukha, EASST Ukraine Partner also made a presentation on behalf of Sergiy Budnik, Head of Road Traffic Police and Chief of the Centre of Traffic Security and Automated Systems of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. There were also fruitful discussions between EASST delegates and ACI representatives and the two organizations agreed to cooperate in the future on possible road safety and policing projects.