World Border Security Congress

Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson

Police Commissioner, Head of Airpol




Mr Nilsson (1963) is a Police Commissioner, Project Manager and Head of Airpol. Airpol is a European network, financed by the European Commission, for Airport Police and Border Guard organizations. The Airpol Scope is Airport Policing, Aviation Security and Air Border security.

Nilsson has a Law degree from the University of Uppsala and a Master degree in Sociology and Political Science from University of Leeds and Lund in cooperation. After various positions both within and outside the police he was appointed Head of Border Police in Stockholm in 2005. He managed successfully this unit (485 staff/30 M Euro) for more than ten years. The Border Police in Stockholm is responsible for border control (harbors and airports), airport policing, including total responsibility for police/border/security issues at Arlanda airport (23 M passengers), and investigations concerning illegal immigration/border issues as well as return operations.

Mr. Nilsson has over the years been a primus motor for the development of the Nordic Airport Police Information Exchange network (NAPIX) a network where police organizations from the capital airports in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik and Stockholm take part. Mr. Nilsson has also created a co-operation between Police/Border Guard organization in the Baltic Sea region, the Turnstone project where he was project owner and chairman of the Management Board. The Turnstone project was financed by the EU Commission.

Nilsson was this year awarded the International Police and Public Safety Medal by the 9/11 Award Committee at a ceremony in San Diego, US.