European law enforcement launches website to enlist public in finding most-wanted fugitives
European law enforcement authorities have joined forces to create a dedicated new website where the public can help police trace Europe’s most wanted fugitives, EU police agency Europol said.
Launched by the European Network of Fugitive Active Search Teams (ENFAST1), a network of police officers from the 28 EU member states specialising in undertaking immediate action to locate and arrest fugitives, with the support of Europol, the website eumostwanted.eu will share information on high-profile internationally-wanted criminals, convicted of – or suspected of having committed – serious crimes or terrorist acts in Europe.
Aiming at increasing security within the EU, this is the first initiative on a pan-European level to jointly present a most wanted list on a common platform.
As of January 29 2016, citizens in the EU and beyond can provide useful information via the website, anonymously if preferred, Europol said.
Available in 17 EU languages, the website’s content will be managed and published by national ENFAST teams in EU member states, whose administrators will upload their countries’ most wanted fugitives, and will directly receive any leads about them.
To make the website user-friendly by presenting a compact list, each country will publish a restricted number of targets, which will be selected and updated regularly based on their priorities, Europol said.