Police services in South East Europe trained on Open Source Intelligence

28 September - 2 October 2020

SEESAC organized a five-day workshop on Open source intelligence (OSINT) for police services in South East Europe further developing capacities of the Firearms Focal Points.

Open Source Intelligence refers to data available not only in the publicly visible pages and information accessible through search engines otherwise known as "surface web", but also to all information that lies underneath in the "dark space". Police use OSINT sources to protect citizens from abuse, sexual violence, identity theft, and other crimes. 

In the workshop, participants learned about the open source intelligence, tools to be used, data searches, profiles, TOR network, as well as investigative techniques.

The workshop was organized in the context of the implementation of the EU Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1788 adopted on 19 November 2018 in support of SEESAC’s disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe with a purpose of introducing another source of information to be explored that can be used for intelligence in support of investigations and in particular online investigations related to countering illicit arms trafficking.