Joint Statement from Interportpolice and Airpol announcing continued international airport law enforcement cooperation

Commissioner Peter Nilsson, Project Manager and Head of the European Union’s AIRPOL and Secretary General Jay Grant, of the INTERPORTPOLICE announced continued cooperation in airport security and law enforcement initiatives. In 2017 two meetings were held, the first in April hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police at the World Trade Towers, and in September at London Heathrow International Airport, hosted by the Metropolitan Police.  Eight countries with police authorities from  Canada, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, and the United States participated along with several experts from intelligence to counterterrorism and cyber reviewed current global incidents and risk mitigation requirements to address today’s global security risks.


This year’s work will continue with two more meetings, one expected in Miami and the other in Amsterdam, and will incorporate operational practices.  Each of the organizations is particularly focused on preventative method deliverables and outcomes.


Peter Nilsson stated, “Europe’s airports are working cooperatively to ensure the safety of the traveling public.  Preventative measures are a primary aspect of our security.  All of us are aware of how common air travel is, internationally and regionally.  At any one time there are millions of people at airports all over the world, passing as travellers or working there.  The Airpol work is to ensure that the critical infrastructure, connected to the Airport Community, is protected in the best manner possible at all times.  This is what our police strive for each and every day.”


Jay Grant stated, “Although we look at the whole security picture of prevention, protection and preparedness, our primary focus has too been prevention.  This is the first line of defence in security and recent incidents have shown us we needed to rethink our methods. Discussions will include the best practice Project Griffin International ( and operational aspects including critical communication management as we endeavour to strengthen community intelligence, operational interactivity, interoperability, and public safety connected collaborative communications for environment protection and communication efficiently.“

Both police leaders expressed efforts on a joint basis are not only practical they are imperative.  We learn from each other; although we may address things differently in our many countries the efforts of protection are mutual and common.  Although this was assumed, our meetings have proved this out. These next meetings will move towards a broader discussion on operational practices and we expect to include other responder organizations, as when there is a crisis it takes everyone’s experience and cooperation within the Airport Community.



The AIRPOL Network, financed and appointed by The European Union (EU) strives to enhance the cooperation between Police and Border Guard Units at EU Airports. Airpol’s scope are three aviation and airport related themes: Airport Policing, comprising all first-line police functions in and around airports, such as airport crime, contingency management, counterterrorism strategies, VIP-protection, protection of critical infrastructure, Aviation Security, which consists of all necessary actions and regulations to secure civil aviation. Examples of relevant issues are: engagement of air marshals, dealing with unruly passengers, access and security checks, airport badges management, and Air border Security in all of its aspects: immigration issues, return operations and document fraud. Airpol has four expert groups working: Behaviour Detection, Insider/radicalization, Intelligence /Information sharing and an expert group taking a holistic perspective on Security issues in the Airport Community.

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An International Organization of Airport and Seaport Police that was established in 1969 by police authorities from Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States to facilitate global authority cooperation addressing terrorism and transnational crime within the transportation security and border sector.  Today we collectively work as a global force to protect our local communities, our nations, and the world.  The INTERPORTPOLICE holds consultative status with the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization; and MOU and partnerships with the Organization of American States, AIRPOL, European Association of Airport and Seaport Police, BorderPol, and the United Kingdom’s Project Griffin. Also, annually support the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Medal, given to police and public safety offices who have distinguished themselves in the fight against terrorist activities. (


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