Pearls in Policing

Pearls in Policing


An introduction to Pearls in Policing

Pearls in Policing is a global think tank where top executives in law enforcement meet to discuss the strategic and personal challenges of their organisations. In a small and informal setting, these law enforcement leaders are provided the opportunity to truly focus on the future of their profession. Wisdom is gained, amongst others by the input of the International Action Learning Group (IALG, also known as the Pearl Fishers), intensive debate, working group input and peer to peer consultation.

Factsheet Pearls in Policing

Latest updates

  • Emile Perez (Pearls in Policing participant) appointed as Chief Security Officer and Business Intelligence at EDF


    Emile Perez (participant of several Pearls in Policing conferences) has been appointed as the new Chief Security Officer and Business Intelligence at EDF (Électricité de France), the number one producer of energy and power in the world.

  • Thorkild Fogde (Pearls in Policing 2015) appointed as Head of Danish Prison System


    Thorkild Fogde (participant of the Pearls in Policing 2015 conference) has been appointed as the new head of the prison system in Denmark

  • 11th Pearls in Policing Conference


    The 11th Pearls in Policing Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, between 10 and 14 June 2017.
    The 2017 conference, themed ‘Fragile States, Fragile Communities’, will be hosted by the Toronto Police Service in Canada and the Pearls Secretariat in the Netherlands.
    More information will follow.

  • New IALG Group started with the first seminar in Brussels (Belgium)


    The new IALG Group 2016-2017 started with the first seminar in Brussels from 24-29 October 2016. The Group consists of 17 participants from 12 different countries and organisations: Australian Federal Police (AFP), Belgian Federal Police, Berlin Police, Bundeskriminalamt, Colombian National Police, Europol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), France Ministry of Interior, Hong Kong Police Force,  Interpol, National Crime Agency (NCA), National Police Directorate Norway, Netherlands Police, New South Wales Police Force, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Singapore Police Force (SPF), South Australian Police and Toronto Police Service. Find here more information on the IALG assignment and here the list of participants.

  • In memoriam


    We are deeply saddened to inform you the loss of our Danish Pearls in Policing 2007 participant Ms Hanne Bech Hansen. She died on September 17 at the age of 77.

    Hanne Bech Hansen, former Commissioner of the Copenhagen Police, head of the Danish National Security Service and public prosecutor, retired in 2009 after more than 40 years of service in law enforcement. Following retirement she became a popular lecturer and writher. She published three novels. Hanne Bech Hansen was widowed in 2002 and is survived by her son. She will be truly missed.

  • Now available: Executive Summary 2016


    The summary covers the outcomes of the Pearls conference 2016 held from 11 -15 June in Sydney, Australia.  For the digital version, please scroll to:  Conference 2016, Executive Summary.

  • Now available: Pearls report 2015 “Innovation through partnerships” on our website


    The Pearls report 2015 ” Innovation through partnerships  ” is now available on our website. Please scroll via “conferences” and ”2015″ to “conference report”.

    How, and to what extent, can law enforcement organisations be innovative and engage in partnerships, private or public. The Pearls participants 2015 arrived at the conclusion that we need to see partnerships as opportunities without overlooking the risks. The ninth Pearls in Policing conference with the challenging theme ‘Shaping Innovation through Partnerships’ was held from 13 to 17 June 2015 in Copenhagen. The report of the conference shows in the chapters on the Pearls conference, diverse examples of partnerships, successes and failures, and the search of the participants to find innovative solutions to complex problems, answering the question – are we innovative enough? What are the big leaps in innovation – the moonshots – that we should be striving for? Furthermore the chapters relating to the International Action learning Group (IALG) – a taskforce of senior police leaders from around the world – will inform you further how the IALG unearthed a rich and detailed collection of theories, models and ideas, relevant and useful to guiding law enforcement approaches toward innovation partnerships. As was their challenge to answer the question: how do you create a police organisation with the culture and conditions that foster innovation through partnerships?

  • Mr. Erik Akerboom (IALG alumni 2007-2008) has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the Netherlands Police.


    erik-akerboomMr. Erik Akerboom (IALG alumni 2007-2008) has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the Netherlands Police. Mr. Akerboom started his career in the police and works presently as Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Defense. He is the successor of Commissioner Gerard Bouman and will start on 1st March 2016. Read here more about announcement Mr. Akerboom.

  • Commissioner General Catherine de Bolle nominated as a member of the Executive Committee of Interpol


    Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police, Catherine De Bolle, has been nominated as a member of the Executive Committee of INTERPOL. She is the first Belgian ever to be selected for this position.

    The Executive Committee includes 13 members: chairwoman Mireille Ballestrazzi, 3 vice-presidents and 9 high-ranking police chiefs who are chosen as delegates from the 190 Interpol member countries.

    De Bolle fetched 97 percent of the votes and will have to attend at least 3 Interpol meetings per year. De Bolle can look forward to a 3-year term. As a representative for Europe, she will monitor the good functioning of Interpol, an international organisation engaged with supporting police organisations and the prevention of and battle against crime.

  • Mr. Harry van den Brink (IALG 2007-2008), new Commander Royal Netherlands Marechaussee


    Mr. Harry van den Brink is the new commander for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.