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‘Fragile States, Fragile Communities’: Pearls in Policing Conference 2017


From 10 – 14 June, Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, participated in the 11th Pearls in Policing Conference, ‘Fragile States, Fragile Communities’, held in Toronto, Canada. The conference was hosted by the Toronto Police Service and the Pearls Secretariat in the Netherlands.

Among the topics discussed were building shock-resistant police organisations for the future, primary in relation to cybercrime, effective policing for mental health, the effects of politics and the media, and the role of crime prevention.

Ms Coninsx participated in interactive working groups and referred to the judicial challenges in adequately responding to crimes related to fragile states or fragile communities. She underlined that comprehensive and multi-disciplinary responses to cross-border crime are essential, together with effective preventive measures to address instability and extremism in fragile states or fragile communities before they lead to serious international crime and terrorism.

Pearls in Policing is a global law enforcement think-tank, devoted, through research and training, to developing solutions to emerging issues, challenges, strategies and ideas. Academics and other experts are invited to these conferences to discuss topics of concern with law enforcement representatives and provide their insight and perspectives. For further information, see