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UK and Switzerland sign police co-operation agreement


It has recently been announced that the UK and Switzerland have signed a new Police Cooperation Agreement that will boost efforts to tackle crime and terrorism in the two nations.

The agreement – which was co-signed in a virtual signature ceremony and officially announced on 15 December 2020 – seeks to aid how information and intelligence is exchanged in the support of investigations.

The Police Cooperation Agreement is just one of the many bilateral agreements to have been completed as the UK navigates its exit from the European Union.

With the announcement demonstrating the joint efforts of the UK and Switzerland to combat terrorism and crime, it builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed between both nations in 2019 in an effort to improve the co-operation between partners involved in law enforcement.

Security Minister, James Brokenshire – who was the co-signee of the agreement alongside Swiss Federal Councillor, Karin Keller-Sutter – remarked: “The safety and security of our citizens is the Government’s top priority. Switzerland is an important crime and policing partner and we will use this agreement as a foundation through which to explore further enhancing our law enforcement and criminal justice co-operation.

“By streamlining information flows between our countries, it will help to equip UK law enforcement with the tools they need to combat all forms of serious crime and terrorism.”

Karin Keller-Sutter also commented: “Switzerland greatly appreciates the cooperation between our two countries. The UK is particularly active and experienced in fighting terrorism. The exchange of information is in our mutual interests, for the security of British and Swiss citizens.”

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