Conference edition Nr. 5 of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin is published!

The Special Conference Edition Nr. 5 of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin is now fully published and available for download.

Pandemic Effects on Law Enforcement Training & Practice: Taking early stock from a research perspective

Online Conference in cooperation with Mykolas Romeris University, 5-7 May 2021

Under peculiar circumstances

Since its beginnings, the CEPOL Research & Science Conferences aim to provide a stimulating European platform for a cross-professional, cross-disciplinary exchange of research findings and perspectives for inquisitive law enforcement practitioners, educators and academic scholars. The latest instance in the line of those regular events had been for a longer while the conference on “Innovations in Law Enforcement – Implications for practice, education and civil society”, organised in late autumn 2017 in Budapest. Since, a succession of unfavourable circumstances had hampered the realisation of the next rendition of the CEPOL conference. The major cause for the longer hiatus is, of course, to be attributed to the rise of the Corona-virus in winter 2019/20 and its fast spread around the globe.

The Conference

CEPOL Research & Science Conferences have earned over the years a reputation of being one of the rather rare European occasions where law enforcement of-ficials, scholars and academics could discuss, debate, and network in an intellectually stimulating, informal but structured environment. Seasoned conference participants are well aware that apart from listening and learning from presentations, a major positive conference-experience is down to the manifold bi- and multilateral coffee-break-, lunch-, and dinner conversations. Organising such an ‘enriching’ setting was not justifiably possible under the pandemic-induced regime of travel restrictions and social distancing rules. Hence, the conference had to be implemented as an online-event; not that it would have been the first time for the agency to organise a major event in a digital format4, but it occurred as a particular challenge to co-ordinate and implement the organisational efforts on such a scale, open to a wider international audience. Fortunately, the Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), initially foreseen as the hosting institution for the 2020 edition of the conference, enabled with splendid commitment and added organisational resources the realisation of the event.

The Special Conference Edition Nr. 5

The articles in this issue cover a wide range of topics associated with effects of the pandemic – and the reader will notice the papers also vary in length, depth and chosen methodological approach. It is the mix of professional and academic scientific perspectives taken, which hopefully makes this collection a worthwhile reading beyond the experience of the online conference in May: A specific European institutional view is provided by authors from CEPOL, Europol and Frontex; a specific national light is shone on experiences in Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and, beyond EU boundaries, in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Moreover, articles cover cyberspace and insights from H2020 research projects – and, remarkably, some offer even insights from a national and international comparative view. While there are always alternatives in sorting and pre-senting a collection of articles, the order chosen here tries to identify topical clusters in the variance of contributions which could reveal a feasible tacit logic in the development of the diverse pandemic effects. With some give and take, three main clusters can be identified, relating to pandemic effects on:

  • crime and deviance;
  • managerial and institutional issues;
  • health and wellbeing;
  • organisational alignment and innovative adaptationo training and learning;
  • critical perceptions of enforcement policies.

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