Common Curricula - Counter Terrorism

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Terrorism is a global problem that shows no respect for international boundaries. It is appropriate when dealing with this threat that law enforcement activities are not constrained by international or jurisdictional boundaries.

To achieve this, senior police officers should have a common understanding of contemporary techniques available and the inter-personal skills for them to be better able to plan for, prevent and react to terrorist threats in whatever forms it may arise.

The Common Curriculum Counter Terrorism (CC05/A), while still in the later ‘draft stage’, has been primarily developed to meet the needs of senior law enforcement officials whose role is within the field of counter terrorism setting the target group as being:

‘Individuals who should have at least a basic knowledge of counter terrorism, as well as the ability to contribute to national discussions with their personal experiences’.

The Common Curriculum recognises that knowledge levels and experience across Europe varies; and the need has never been greater for sharing ‘best practice’ amongst practitioners. Through the Common Curriculum law enforcement officials, who have experience of dealing with terrorist activities, will be encouraged to share their knowledge with others to maximise learning, and every opportunity will be taken to establish, or further develop, networks that will support ongoing policing activity.

World events post 11 September 2001 have highlighted the importance for quality intelligence, enhanced through international cooperation by law enforcement agencies, to support the prevention, detection and outcome of policing activity. Effective leadership in support of the intelligence effort cannot be underestimated.

The Counter Terrorism Common Curriculum aims to support these requirements by providing Member States, contributing to CEPOL activities, with suggested subject areas and learning outcomes that would be beneficial, subject to national contextualisation, to their national police learning and development.

Within this context it is accepted that staff involved in overt or covert activities as well as strategic management responsibilities will have different learning requirements and the Common Curriculum can, if required, be adapted to reflect and respond to this requirement.


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