Professor Joe Vann, professor of Transnational Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center

Multinational joint investigation teams cooperate to solve crimes.

Joint Investigation Teams

July 2016, Number 07.03

“In an increasingly globalized world, transnational organized crime (TOC) represents a serious threat to individual states, as well as regional and international security. Reports suggest it is getting worse every year. According to a 2013 U.S. Congressional Research Service report on terrorism and transnational crime, “criminal syndicates appear to be growing in size, scope and ambition” and “the potential confluence of criminal and terrorist actors, skills, resources, and violent tactics” concerns not only the United States, but the international security community. According to Europol’s 2013 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment, TOC is becoming a greater challenge year by year as many groups become increasingly networked and more heterogeneous and no longer defined by nationality or ethnicity.

TOC gained international attention when the long arm of Mafia-type organizations began impacting countries other than their own. In the past two decades, transnational crimes have diversified beyond Mafia syndicates, and while the world economy has globalized at a fast pace, so have illicit activities. Poised to make a profit and exploit every legal loophole, TOC groups spot opportunities — like the migrant crisis or technological developments and vulnerabilities in cyberspace — and use them to their advantage...”

Excerpt from Roxana Bulancea, “Joint Investigation Teams,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  7, No. 3, 2016: 18-23.

Roxana Bulancea is a judicial police officer within the Counter Organized Crime Directorate of the Romanian Police. She has investigated organized crime cases and worked as an international police cooperation liaison officer in France. She holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in law from the Romanian Police Academy-School of Law.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.