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European Investigation Order

Asked if the decision to opt in to the European Investigation Order would put extra strain on the police, the PMS said no. The Association for Chief Police Officers (ACPO) was consulted and nobody wanted to opt out. The message that came back from ACPO was that opting in would make it simpler for police to work with our European colleagues in fighting crime.

Asked how we could be certain that powers of sovereignty wouldn’t be affected, the PMS said that this directive would not affect sovereignty; this was a practical move that would make things simpler for the police force here. It meant that people from the EU who committed crimes here could be followed up when they returned home, and vice versa. It also meant that Britons who committed offences in other European countries could be tried here. It simplified the system and made it a lot easier for the police, which was why the Home Secretary made the decision today to opt in.

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