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The CEPOL Exchange Programme

As part of its training portfolio, CEPOL offers law enforcement officials the possibility to participate in a European learning programme facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences. CEPOL Exchange is a two-way cross-border programme allowing selected law enforcement institutions to host officials from another country for a period of one week, giving them the chance to exchange insights and good practices, build trust, initiate cooperation projects and foster deep and long-lasting learning and networking opportunities.

The programme fulfils one of CEPOL’s key objectives - developing a European law enforcement culture. More specifically, it seeks to enhance cooperation in combating crime through learning and provides participants with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other countries, promoting trust and cooperation between law enforcement officials from across Europe and beyond.

More than 4,300 law enforcement officials from different services (police, customs, border and coast guards, tax authorities, prosecutors) have taken part in this learning experience since the programme was launched in 2007.

Exchange opportunities in 2021

Participation in the CEPOL Exchange Programme in 2021 is possible through any of the following modules:

  • The CEPOL General Exchange Programme (restricted in 2021)
  • The CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities related to judiciary cooperation in a joint collaboration with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) (restricted in 2021)
  • The CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities within the frame of CEPOL’s International Cooperation projects with EU Neighbourhood countries (open)

In 2021 ONLY last year’s successful applicants whose exchange could not be realised for reasons linked to the COVID-19 pandemic are able to participate in this year’s CEPOL General Exchange Programme and CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme modules. Successful participants in the 2020 call are invited to resubmit their applications through the 2021 restricted calls for these two modules.

As for the CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme module, three different projects offer this year exchange opportunities to law enforcement officials:

To take part in this specific Exchange programme module, participants must:

  • have a minimum of three years’ work experience in the field of interest;
  • have a reasonable level of English /other common language (at least B1 level) which enables communication with CEPOL;
  • have not participated in the Exchange Programme during the last three years;
  • have a need and be ready for individual learning;
  • commit to cascading their newly gained knowledge to colleagues at a national and European level.

Disclaimer: Checking and complying with requirements related to travel are the sole responsibility of participants. Please always check with your host the travel restrictions that may apply and the necessary documents to travel to your destination. CEPOL cannot take any responsibility for exchange participants non-complying with the requirements set by the country of the hosting institution.


A webinar was organised to provide information to prospective exchangees and their National Exchange Coordinators on the CEPOL Exchange Programme modules in 2021 and to clarify questions in relation to the application process. If you are a registered user of CEPOL's Learning Management System (LEEd), you can access the recorded webinar here. (Not yet a user of LEEd? Register here.)


The application deadline is 2nd June 2021, but please bare in mind that internal deadlines might differ, please check with the National Exchange Coordinator of you country.

In 2021 the implementation period starts at the beginning of September and lasts until mid-November.

More information

For detailed information please consult the below User Guide.


Law enforcement staff interested in taking part in the CEPOL Exchange Programme can contact their National Exchange Coordinator through their CEPOL National Unit:

EU Member State with opt-out from CEPOL regulation1

EU Associated Countries

Candidate countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL
    Potential candidate countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL

    Eastern Partnership countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL

    1 Denmark is not considered Member States in relation to CEPOL in accordance with Protocol 22 on the position of Denmark in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, annexed to the TEU and to the TFEU. The United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State since 1 February 2020.

    * This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

    For further insight search for #CEPOLexchange at social media channels and download the documents below:


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    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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