LEA Projects Cluster

Recognising that our projects have common stakeholders and similar objectives in supporting law enforcement against organised crime and terrorism, we have formed a cluster with these objectives:

  1. To share knowledge in order to support law enforcement against money-laundering, cybercrime, organised crime and terrorism, for example, by webinars for the partners in the cluster.
  2. To leverage our dissemination activities by mentioning the projects in the cluster on our websites, inviting articles from the cluster projects in our newsletter.
  3. To ensure the coherence and complementarity of our recommendations to the EC, LEAs and other stakeholders, as far as possible.
  4. To explore a degree of interoperability or compatibility between our technical platforms, modules and/or services.
  5. To explore synergies, research opportunities and possible joint exploitation activities.


The EU-funded ALIGNER project aims to unite European actors who have concerns about AI, law enforcement and policing to jointly identify and discuss how to enhance Europe’s security whereby AI strengthens law enforcement agencies while providing benefits to the public. The project’s work will help pave the way for an AI research roadmap.


Project Coordinator: David Wright
CC-DRIVER is a three-year, EU-funded project investigating the drivers of cybercrime and, especially, how young people can be turned away from cybercrime to use their talents in more socially productive ways. The €5 million project began in May 2020, has 13 partners from eight countries and is co-ordinated by Trilateral Research (UK).


CEASEFIRE aims to develop a versatile and highly innovative approach to enhance the operational capabilities of LEAs in detecting, analysing and tracking cross-border illicit firearms trafficking activities. The project uses advanced AI technologies and establish fully operational National Focal Points. It will develop AI-enabled tools, including solutions for cyber patrolling, Web data gathering, on-the-spot detection of firearms, advanced Big Data analytics, cryptocurrency analysis, large-scale information fusion, visual analytics and firearms-related intelligence collection. CEASEFIRE will significantly increase the EU’s ability to combat illicit firearms trafficking.


Project Coordinator: Raquel Pastor
COPKIT is a three-year, EU-funded project that addresses the problem of analysing, preventing and investigating the use of ICTs by organised crime and terrorist groups. In this context, the project is developing a toolkit to support the Early Warning (EW)/Early Action (EA) methodology. The €5 million project began in June 2018, has 18 partners from 13 countries and is co-ordinated by Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España (ISDEFE) (ES).


CounteR is a three-year project for supporting the fight against radicalisation and thus preventing future terrorist attacks and is implemented by a team representing 19 organisations from 11 EU Member States: SMEs, NGOs, and industrial, research and academic entities, along with six public law-enforcement agencies in the domains of justice, police and interior security. CounteR’s ultimate goal is to provide law enforcement agencies, Internet providers and social media platforms with an early-warning tool to be used in the detection of potential radical content for the prevention of radicalisation spread.


Project Coordinator: Viivi Lehtinen
A significant number of young people, and even children, are suspected of cybercrime every year. To address this challenging trend, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) launched an early intervention project called Cybercrime Exit in 2020. The Cybercrime Exit project targets young people aged 12 to 25 who have committed or are at risk of committing cybercrime. The project seeks to tackle cyber-dependent crime committed by young people against information networks and information systems. The project aims to create, pilot and implement an intervention-based program for breaking a cycle of crime and to build up and enhance cooperation with organizations and other bodies for the prevention of cybercrime in the future. The aim of preventive cooperation with public authorities, NGOs and the information security sector is to highlight boundaries of legal activity and to help young people identify the point where actions become criminal. In 2022 the Cybercrime Exit project operates as part of the Development Program for Cybersecurity adopted by the Finnish Government.


Project Coordinator: Dr Holger Nitsch
CYBERSPACE is a three-year project, funded through the European Commission’s Internal Security Fund Programme. Starting in December 2021, CYBERSPACE will provide the bigger picture regarding cybercrime in the European Union. By faciliating reporting of cyber attacks, mapping response actions and co-ordinating between LEAs, policy makers and the private sector and across national borders, LEAs‘ capacities to investigate cybercrime will be enhanced. The project consortium consists of eleven partners from eight countries and is co-ordinated by the University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria, Department of Policing.


Project Coordinator: Rashel Talukder
CYCLOPES is a 5-year (2021-2026) running EU funded project building and maintaining an innovation-driven network of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) combating cybercrime. We identify solutions and research activities that help tackle the complexity of cybercrime — whilst eliciting priorities for standardisation and recommendations for innovation implementation and increased uptake. Key partners and networks for CYCLOPES includes: EUROPOL, ENLETS, ECTEG, EJCN, EACTDA, i-LEAD, ILEAnet, iProcurenet, CEN and 11 European LEA full project partners/practitioners from UK, Poland, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Latvia, Bulgaria and Malta.  CYCLOPES increases impact by creating successful synergies with LEAs, Industry and Academia. This is achieved through interactive Joint Live Exercises and stimulating dialogue on pressing security matters and crime concerns in relevant workshops, webinars and events.


Project Coordinator: Dr  Dimitrios Tzovaras
DARLENE is a three-year project that will offer European law enforcement agencies an augmented reality ecosystem with powerful deep learning algorithms that will improve situational awareness and effectiveness in all security verticals. The €7 million project will begin in September 2020, has 15 partners from 10 countries and is co-ordinated by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) (GR).


DYNAMO will bring together procurers from Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. They will set up a collaborative demand-side initiative to create economies of scale and early adoption cases. DYNAMO will guide stakeholders in concept development, data modelling, process design and implementation planning. It will also inform medium-term investment planning to adapt existing processes and infrastructures like IT systems.


EU-HYBNET will focus specifically on the preparation for and defending against hybrid threats, as well as on the development and building of a European network for the sector. To identify the most urgent needs for countering hybrid threats, the project will bring together practitioners and stakeholders. It will undertake in-depth analysis of the gaps and needs and test the most promising innovations (technical and social).


Project Coordinator: UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation
The development of cybercrime investigation tools is an industry worth millions of euro. Although commercial tools offer a degree of reliability and technical support, they come with a high price tag. This makes them prohibitively expensive for police forces on small budgets. The creation of free, effective, reliable tools for cybercrime investigators would therefore greatly assist the global fight against cybercrime. A growing number of cybercrime investigators develop their own tools to support their investigations. These may also be used within a unit/jurisdiction but often are not shared with the wider community. Quite often the developed tools offer the same (and sometimes more advanced) levels of functionality than commercial options. The FREETOOL Project brings together such developers and offers them a platform for collaboration and distribution. Our motivation for developing tools are often due to the cost of, failings of, or lack of alternative commercial solutions. FREETOOL applications are developed by law enforcement officers, for law enforcement officers, and are therefore are designed to meet their requirements.


Project Coordinator: Dr. Luis Javier García Villalba
HEROES is a three-year project structured as a comprehensive solution that encompasses three main components: Prevention, Investigation and Victim Assistance. Through these components, HEROES’ solution aims to establish a coordinated contribution with LEAs by developing an appropriate, victim-centred approach that is capable of addressing specific needs and providing protection. The HEROES project’s main objective is to use technology to improve the way in which help and support can be provided to victims of THB and CSA/CSE. The €4.9 million project began in December 2021, has 27 partners from 17 countries and is coordinated by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). 


Project Coordinator: Dr. Ray Genoe, University College Dublin
INSPECTr is a three-year project that will develop a shared intelligent platform and novel process for gathering, analysing, prioritising and presenting key data to help in the prediction, detection and management of crime in support of multiple agencies at the local, national and international level. The €7 million project began in September 2019, has 18 partners from 13 countries and is coordinated by University College Dublin (IE).


KINAITICS aims at exploring the new attack opportunities offered by the introduction of AI-based control and perceptive systems, as well as those offered by combination of behavioural understanding of physical systems and cyber-attacks. On the defence side, KINAITICS aims at offering an innovative spectrum of tools and methodologies, to combine behavioural monitoring and classical cybersecurity tools to protects against these new threats. KINAITICS also targets innovative methodologies, which incorporate human factors and their uncertainties in the tools. This last point raises crucial challenges on trustworthy approaches, explanations provided, and how to deal with uncertainties in response decisions. The project also thoroughly assesses the regulation of big data uses and provide guidelines for EU policy actions and cybersecurity experts’ responsible development, thanks to the implication of researchers specialised in legal and ethical aspects of ICT innovation.


Project Coordinator: Pantelis Velanas, European University Cyprus
LAW-GAME European Project brings together 19 partners from 11 European countries under a basic goal: to train Law Enforcement Officers (LEAs) and first responders on the procedures to be followed during crime scene investigation and illegal act predictions. To achieve this LAW-GAME will develop a complete training system based on serious games, virtual reality technologies and AI-assisted procedures. The LAW-GAME training system will enhance the training experience of LEAs via recreating real-world scenarios through virtual simulations and situation analysis, introducing an attractive approach to developing core competencies required for conducting forensic examination, effective questioning and recognizing and mitigating potential terrorist attacks.


Project Coordinator: Dr Constantinos Patsakis
LOCARD is a project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. The three-year project (May 2019 – April 2022) will automate the collection of digital evidence in any electronic format and medium by providing a unique platform for exchanging this evidence. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive management approach to handle digital evidence to be presented in a court of law, alleviating many issues of current art and practice. LOCARD aims to increase trust in the handling and processing of digital evidence and the management of chain of custody by providing transparency and using immutable chain of custody stored with blockchain technology.


Project Coordinator: Erkuden Rios
Novel technologies have presented practitioners with new opportunities to improve the intelligence process, but have also created new challenges and threats. Consequently, the timely identification of emerging technologies and analysis of their potential impact, not only on the intelligence community but also on terrorist or criminal organisations, is crucial. However, time constraints can prevent intelligence practitioners from being updated on the most recent technologies. In order to address this challenge NOTIONES will establish a network, connecting researchers and industries with the intelligence community. This network will facilitate exchange on new and emerging technologies but also equip solution providers with insights on the corresponding needs and requirements of practitioners. The so gained findings will be disseminated in periodic reports containing technologic roadmaps and recommendations for future research projects and development activities.


The EU-funded ODYSSEUS project will develop effective and efficient prognostic, detection and forensic tools to improve prevention, countering and investigation of terrorist incidents involving home-made explosives. The knowledge will help in the development of tools for monitoring the chemical supply chain and sensing in (near) real-time explosive precursors. The tools will be field-tested in three operational use cases.


POLIIICE vision is to advance European LEAs to a novel lawful-interception (LI), investigation and intelligence era in which they will be able to effectively prevent, detect and investigate crime and terrorism amid the new age of communication (5G&Beyond, end-to-end encrypted communication and Quantum based encryption). These new age technologies turn legacy LI solutions to totally in-effective and therefore put significant risk on Europe’s fight against crime and terrorism. POLIIICE will offer, research, validate and demonstrate array of innovative LI measures at cloud & network level as well as at edge device level that together will enable LEAs to efficiently overcome the new age challenges and enable high throughput of its LI. In addition, POLIIICE will research and model QUDDaaS (Quantum unlock, detection and decryption as a service) as an envisaged central service, potentially outsourced at pan EU level, which will harness quantum computing for decryption of lawfully intercepted encrypted communication (which is vulnerable to Quantum’s Shor algorithm), for brute force detection of target-user’s credentials/tokens needed to access encrypted cloud-native apps and for Quantum unlock of lawfully seized edge devices.


Project Coordinator: Dr Konstantinos Demestichas
PREVISION is a two-year, EU-funded project that aims to empower law enforcement agencies with tools and solutions to handle and capitalise on the massive heterogeneous data streams that must be processed during complex crime investigations and threat risk assessments. The €9 million project began in September 2019, has 28 partners from 13 countries and is co-ordinated by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (GR).


Project Coordinator: Prof Umut Turksen
PROTAX is a three-year, EU-funded project that aims to generate, in close co-operation with practitioners, policy guidelines and toolkits to harmonise the treatment of tax crime and enhance information sharing across different European jurisdictions. The €3 million project began in May 2018, has 9 partners from 6 countries and is co-ordinated by Coventry University (UK).


Project Coordinator: Dr Gregorio López
The RAYUELA project is a three-year project with a budget of €5 million. The project will begin in October 2020, has 17 partners from 9 countries and is co-ordinated by Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ES).  It will bring together experts from different areas of knowledge from all over Europe to develop an interactive story-like game that, on the one side, will allow minors to learn good practices on the use of the Internet and associated technology by playing, and, on the other side, will allow modelling, in a friendly and non-invasive manner, online habits and potential risk profiles related to cybersecurity and cybercriminality, providing Law Enforcement Agencies with scientifically sound foundations to define appropriate policies.


Project Coordinator: Dr Petr Motlicek
ROXANNE is a three-year project, with aim to develop a platform that will increase agencies’ capabilities via voice recognition, language and video technologies. The project will support LEA’s activities through multilanguage applications based on voice, text and face technologies. The €7 million project began in September 2019, has 24 partners from 16 countries and is co-ordinated by Idiap Research Institute (CH).


Project Coordinator: Nizar Touleimat, PhD
STARLIGHT (Sustainable Autonomy and Resilience for LEAs using AI against High priority Threats) is a 4-year project funded under EU Horizon 2020 that addresses the need for artificial intelligence applications by law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The project focuses on raising awareness, data requirements, AI tool development, understanding regulatory and legislative frameworks, and building an AI hub that supports a strong security industry and raises LEAs’ expertise and capacity to apply AI technologies and combat the misuse of AI-supported crime and terrorism. STARLIGHT works towards creating a community that brings together LEAs, researchers, industry, and practitioners in the security ecosystem under a coordinated and strategic effort to bring AI into operational practices, thus enhancing the EU’s strategic autonomy in the field of AI for LEAs. As a strategic project in the EU security domain, STARLIGHT involves the collaboration of 52 partners including 15 Law Enforcement Agencies and public bodies from across Europe.


Project Coordinator: European Anti-Cybercrime Technology Development Association (EACTDA)
The Tools4LEAs project focuses on delivering fully-tested and validated software tools/solutions to European public security entities (law enforcement agencies, forensic institutes, and others) to help them fight cybercrime. The Tools4LEAs project aims at establishing a long-term and sustainable structure that delivers on a regular basis tools that are ready to be used at operational level. These tools will have no license costs for European public security practitioners. The project is funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund Police (ISFP) programme and EACTDA is the sole beneficiary of the Tools4LEAs project.


Project Coordinator: Dr Umut Turksen
TRACE is a three-year project that will perform intensive cross-disciplinary research to develop technological and socio-legal tools for tracking illicit money flows in Europe. By drawing information from the dark web and using machine learning and AI to make connections, TRACE will be able to visualise illicit money flows for use by LEAs. The €7 million project began in July 2021, has 16 partners from 8 countries and is co-ordinated by Coventry University (CU). 


The main objective of UNCOVER is to develop innovative technologies for detecting hidden information (steganalysis) and to increase the technological autonomy of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in the field of digital media steganalysis. With its consortium of 22 partners, which includes LEAs, forensic institutes, leading researchers and software developers as well as technology companies, UNCOVER aims to improve current standards of steganalysis solutions regarding the performance, usability, operational needs, privacy protection, and chain-of-custody considerations.