Message from the President
Message from the President
The EAASP has a rich history of cooperation and collaboration across Europe, which extends beyond the boundaries of the EU. This includes some Baltic states, Sweden for example have for a number of years led the AIRPOL group. However, as the UK leaves the European Union we have taken time to reflect upon what this means for the EAASP and our business. The answer is very little. Law enforcement agencies will continue to collaborate and work together to address national, regional and international issues. We will continue to collaborate to share good practice and develop a broad understanding of our ports environments and ensure we work together for the common good. The EAASP can also be reassured that it will continue to receive strong support from its law enforcement colleagues in the UK.
The Executive Team have been working at pace, developing our preparations for the 2020 EAASP Conference, which of course is being hosted in the UK. The conference will be held on the 16th -17th March 2020 at the Union Jack Club, next to Waterloo Station. This is an easy to reach location close to the River Thames and London’s West End. The Union Jack Club provides excellent conference facilities and bedroom accommodation. Law enforcement staffs and selected business partners who wish to attend the conference can register on this web site. The EAASP is a non-profit organisation and so there is a conference fee of Eu450, which is exceedingly good value.
We have a range of speakers from Law Enforcement, the Intelligence community, Academia, Business Professionals and significant senior representation from the Metropolitan Police. The conference will be opened by Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK’s Head of CT. The caliber and capability of the many interesting speakers will ensure lively debate and discussion during plenary sessions and workshops.
This will all contribute to the core element of the EAASP’s vision ‘to work collaboratively in a changing political landscape’. There remains a willingness within law enforcement, Government, Industry and academia to be forward looking and prepare for the future risks we face.
Succession planning has always been an important feature for us. My colleague Richard Putman MPM, EMTP, IPM, a senior officer within the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice will be my successor (subject to the formality of being voted in at the next EAASP AGM). Richard is already working on his strategy going forward to ensure the EAASP further develops and extends its influence. I am pleased to leave the EAASP in good hands [in March] and wish both Richard and the Executive Team every success for the future.
I wish to thank all those who have worked with me over the last 15 years for their friendship and support.
James Douglass OBE, IPM.