The New York Police Department (NYPD) established the NYPD SHIELD project after the September 11 attacks. Numerous American police forces noticed added value in this innovative project and started to develop SHIELD networks themselves.
Thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the Antwerp police and the New York Police Department have been working closely together since 2015. After a business trip where the added value of SHIELD was demonstrated, the Antwerp Chiefs of police decided to launch a similar project for Antwerp. Given the subject, the follow-up is done by the INTEL Department. Antwerp SHIELD was officially inaugurated on September 24th, 2018.
Currently there are 18 police forces with implemented SHIELD-projects. With this number growing there was an agreement to set up a Global SHIELD Network. This has the advantage that the different SHIELD-forces can share publications, reports and analyses with each other and their SHIELD-members.
The Global Shield Network coordinates monthly meetings with the project managers of all participating police forces. The Antwerp police was the first police force to set up a SHIELD-network outside the United States and recently accepted the assignment to promote SHIELD within Europe. The Basque police Ertzaintza, MOU partner of the Antwerp Police, already confirmed her participation and will officially start in the fall of 2019.
Thanks to the Global SHIELD Network, an additional network is created between police forces. The forces each interact in their own way with their members. Thanks to the network, information can be shared with the various forces and it is possible to extract useful information for Antwerp and to share it with the Antwerp SHIELD members.
Every year, an overarching SHIELD congress is organized. This year the congress will take place on November 20, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland (US). On the occasion of the annual anniversary of Antwerp SHIELD, a congress will be organized on October 3rd, 2019 to strengthen cooperation between the Antwerp public-private sector and to initiate the brand-new website.