Types of learning - CEPOL Exchange Programme

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The CEPOL Exchange Programme (CEP) is an Erasmus-style exchange programme that allows law enforcement officers to spend one week with a counterpart in their country, exchanging knowledge and good practices, initiating cooperation projects and fostering deep and long-lasting learning and networking opportunities.

The programme seeks to enhance cooperation in combating crime. It is based on mobility, mutual learning and provides participants with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with working methods of other countries. Such exchanges promote trust and cooperation between law enforcement officers from across Europe and beyond.

The programme fulfils one of CEPOL’s key objectives - developing a European law enforcement culture. It allows participants to spend a week (Monday - Friday) with a counterpart in a chosen hosting country.

The Exchange Programme is open to law enforcement officers from all EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Western Balkan and European Neighbourhood Policy Eastern Partnership countries. It is available for all law enforcement bodies.

In 2020, the programme has been further refined to better reflect requirements deriving from the EU Policy Cycle priorities as well as requests from Member States. Thematic areas of study are better synchronised with CEPOL’s overall training portfolio, which enables the Exchange Programme to complement CEPOL’s other training options, contributing to the agency’s multi-layered approach to learning. The programme allows “pre-matched” participation where both exchangee’s give reference to each other in their applications ensuring full coherency with national priorities and requirements.

The programme has also been enhanced to encompass exchange opportunities related to border management in close cooperation with Frontex. Also in 2020 a Joint Exchange Programme pilot is initiated with The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).

CEPOL is also responsible for the implementation of various projects that also integrate exchanges in their learning portfolio.

In result, the 2020 edition of CEPOL Exchange Programme is divided into four sections:

  1. General Exchange Programme
  2. CEPOL-Frontex Joint Exchange Programme
  3. Pilot CEPOL/EJTN Joint Exchange Programme
  4. Project led Exchange Programme

To take part in an exchange, 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 colleagues about enforcing the law on the selected topic;
  • have a need and readiness for individual learning;
  • commit to cascading their newly gained knowledge to colleagues at a national and European level.

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
Former EU Member State (as of 1 February 2020)
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.

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    Office address

    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
    1066 Budapest
    Ó utca 27

    Correspondence address

    European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
    1903 Budapest

    Email address

    Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

    Fax: +36 1 803 8032