Project officer transnational crime
The Belgian authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Europe to second Chief Commissioner Tony Verachtert of the Belgian Federal Police to the Pompidou Group as of 1 June 2013.
During this secondment, Tony Verachtert will work on the Pompidou Group’s law enforcement programme of activities, in particular the fight against trafficking of drugs by air and general aviation; the prevention of chemical precursor diversion and the development of tools and methodologies for law enforcement purposes.
Chief Commissioner Tony Verachtert joined the Belgian Gendarmerie in 1975. In 1993, Tony was asked to start up with the first judicial surveillance and investigations unit at Brussels Airport, mainly dealing with drug trafficking, trafficking of human beings, money laundering and other cases of serious and organised crime. This is when he became a very active member of the Pompidou group and participated in at least 15 yearly meetings of the Airports Group.
In 2001, Verachtert was appointed head of the Federal Judicial Police force at Brussels International Airport, and it is as such that he is seconded to work for the Pompidou Group.
During his career, Tony Verachtert was very closely involved in the management of all aspects of judicial – criminal investigations, gained expertise in the use of special police techniques and international police cooperation.