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Police Expert Network on Missing Persons

The Police Expert Network on Missing Persons (PEN-MP), founded by the AMBER Alert Europe foundation, is officially recognised by the Council of the European Union and all member states. The PEN-MP is the first and only official European missing persons police network consisting of police experts in the field of missing persons from all over Europe. So far, the PEN-MP consists of over 60 law enforcement experts from 24 countries. Goal of the PEN-MP is to bring together law enforcement experts in the field of missing persons, specifically children.

In order to save more missing persons across Europe, members can quickly contact and consult each other about missing person cases. The PEN-MP also provides specialist support, advice and training to its members.

Current PEN-MP Presidency (2020)

On January 1st, 2020, Damjan Miklič, Senior Criminal Police Inspector Specialist at the Slovenian Police Directorate, was officially appointed as president of the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons. The PEN-MP makes use of a rotating presidency.

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Official recognition by the Council of the European Union

The PEN-MP was announced in 2016 under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union. At its launch, the Dutch Presidency called on every Member State to appoint a national contact for the network. In support of the Dutch initiative, a majority of 465 Members of the European Parliament from all EU Member States signed AMBER Alert Europe’s Written Declaration for better European cooperation on saving the lives of missing children.

The PEN-MP is officially recognised by the Council of the European Union with its formal affiliation to the Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP).

Strict separation of operational activities

AMBER Alert Europe is primarily responsible for administrative and logistical support of the PEN-MP, including its Public Affairs.  The foundation also facilitates the PEN-MP’s expert training sessions and supports, manages and supervises the EU-funded PEN-MP projects. These activities are strictly separated from the operational police activities of the PEN-MP.

The exchange of operational police information takes place through the official channels ( such as SIS, SIENA, and INTERPOL), also respecting the EU legal framework plus relevant legislation, directives and regulations relating to privacy and data protection.

Members of the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons have access to:

Contact details of police colleagues in other European countries
Support and advice from colleagues and experts
A yearly event to catch up with other missing person experts from across Europe
Support and advice in relation to national AMBER Alerts/Child Alerts
Relevant training sessions on missing persons by experts
Opportunities to share expertise and learn from good practices of colleagues

Members of the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons

An Garda Síochána, Ireland

An Garda Síochána, Ireland

Bundesamt Für Polizei, Switzerland

Bundesamt für Polizei, Switzerland

National Police, Denmark

National Police, Denmark

Judicial Police, France

Judicial Police, France

Grand Ducal Police, Luxembourg

Grand Ducal Police, Luxembourg

Guardia Civil, Spain

Guardia Civil, Spain

National Police Force, Malta

National Police Force, Malta

Ministry Justice And Security, The Netherlands

Ministry Justice and Security, The Netherlands

Ministerio Del Interior, Spain

Ministerio del Interior, Spain

Ministry Of The Interior, The Czech Republic

Ministry of the Interior, The Czech Republic

Ministry Of The Interior, Slovakia

Ministry of the Interior, Slovakia

Missing Persons Bureau, United Kingdom

Missing Persons Bureau, United Kingdom

National Crime Agency, United Kingdom

National Crime Agency, United Kingdom

National Police, The Netherlands

National Police, The Netherlands

National Police, Poland

National Police, Poland

National Police, Slovenia

National Police, Slovenia

Police And Border Guard, Estonia

Police and Border Guard, Estonia

Police Presidium, The Czech Republic

Police Presidium, The Czech Republic

Policia Judiciara, Portugal

Policia Judiciara, Portugal

Policia Nacional, Spain

Policia Nacional, Spain

National Police, Romania

National Police, Romania

Police, Republic Of Srpska

Police, Republic of Srpska

Swedish Police Authority, Sweden

Swedish Police Authority, Sweden

National Police, Lithuania

National Police, Lithuania

Directorate For Coordination Of Police Bodies, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Directorate for Coordination of Police Bodies, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Polizia Di Stato, Italy

Polizia di Stato, Italy

Bundeskriminalamt, Germany

Bundeskriminalamt, Germany

National Police Board, Finland

National Police Board, Finland

Hellenic Police, Greece

Hellenic Police, Greece

Observers of the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons

Eurojust

Eurojust

Frontex

Frontex

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada

Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada

Europol

Europol

Who can join?

We invite all European law enforcement specialists in missing persons to join the Police Expert Network on Missing Persons. Interested in joining?