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The Benefits of the CRiTERIA Project for the Malta Police Force

The CRiTERIA project offers a wide range of benefits that are specifically designed to assist the Malta Police Force in carrying out its mission to maintain law and order. By being directly involved throughout all the stages of the project, we are able to give feedback even on the slightest of details, which ensures a balance between transparency and information overload of the final product. Developed in collaboration with border agency practitioners, this initiative offers a range of benefits that could directly enhance our policing capabilities once finalized.

Proactive Risk Mitigation: The CRiTERIA project equips the Malta Police Force with a novel risk analysis framework based on OSINT. By leveraging advanced analysis methodologies and technologies, law enforcement agencies gain the ability to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities before they escalate. This proactive approach allows for targeted interventions and preventive measures concerning immigration risks.

Data-Driven Decision Making: The CRiTERIA project integrates diverse open sources of data and employs advanced analysis techniques to generate actionable insights. By leveraging this data-driven approach, the police force gains a comprehensive understanding of complex indicators and can make informed decisions based on verifiable information. This could empower the Malta Police Force to allocate resources efficiently, optimize operational strategies, and respond effectively to evolving modus opernadi.

Human Rights Sensitivity: The CRiTERIA project places a strong emphasis on upholding human rights principles throughout its framework. This is especially important for the police force, as it strives to strike a balance between ensuring public safety and respecting individual rights. By integrating human rights considerations into the risk and vulnerability analysis process, the project enables law enforcement agencies to operate in a manner that is lawful, ethical, and accountable.

Validation and Real-World Application: The CRiTERIA project includes piloting activities in collaboration with practitioners from the Malta Police Force. This involvement ensures that the methods and technologies developed by the project are grounded in practical applications. By actively validating and refining the project’s outputs, law enforcement agencies are able to tailor the framework to their specific needs, enhancing its relevance and effectiveness.


By embracing CRiTERIA, the Malta Police Force gains a powerful set of OSINT tools and methodologies designed to strengthen their operational capabilities. Additionally, the project’s focus on proactive risk mitigation, data-driven decision making, human rights sensitivity, and real-world validation aligns directly with the Transformation Strategy adopted by the Malta Police Force.

Malta Police Force – Immigration Unit

Malta Police Force – Immigration Unit

The Malta Police Force is one of the oldest police forces in Europe. The Malta Police has a mixed responsibility in respect of its investigative role and national security. The Immigration Units’ principal task is to control the island’s points of entry, which include checks aimed at suppressing illegal immigration, preventing illegal entry of foreigners and detection of false documents. In the CRiTERIA project, the Malta Police Force team contributes to the required collection activities, to the validation of risk analysis and vulnerability assessment methodologies, and the piloting of the CRiTERIA tools.