Illicit goods are often poor quality and therefore pose a risk to public health. Enforcement operations in the field aim to remove such products from circulation.
At the same time, a clear link can be drawn between trafficking in illicit goods and transnational organized crime, which makes enforcement operations of this nature of utmost importance. Not only is there the vital question of protecting public safety, but also of dismantling those illegal networks that are connected to other serious forms of crime.
Representatives from a variety of agencies and sectors – police and customs officers, prosecutors, investigative experts – attend training courses and workshops in advance of the operational activity. These hands-on workshops equip participants with the knowledge they need for the raids and follow-up investigations, in particular, enabling them to better distinguish fake products from genuine ones.