CEPOL course 50/2017 “EU CSDP Police Command and Planning”

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20 October 2017
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CEPOL with the Portuguese GNR (Guarda Nacional Republicana) through the School of Guard (Escola da Guarda) implemented the CEPOL course 50/2017 - EU CSDP Police Command and Planning, which took place from 02nd of October to 13th of October 2017, at the School of Guard, in Queluz, Portugal. The course opening ceremony has been chaired by Major General Domingos Pascoal, Guard’s Training and Doctrine Commander, testimony of the relevance given by GNR towards this flagship CEPOL training activity and the course manager speech received strong applauses from the audience side.

The course was planned and organized in close co-ordination with several EU Institutions such as EEAS (European External Active Service) and ESDC (European Security and Defence College) besides the course received the support of Italy and Spain as well as from National, International and European Union Institutions and ONG’s, in particular, FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency), International ONG AMI (Assistência Médica Internacional - International Medical Assistance), EUROGENDFOR, the Portuguese Military Academy, Lusíada University of Lisbon and the Law School of the Nova University of Lisbon.

Twenty-five Senior Police Officers coming from seventeen European Union Member States and Eurogendfor attended this course, in Queluz.

The overall aim of the course was to provide command and control competences in terms of mission planning, implementation, management and evaluation to Senior Law Enforcement Officials eligible for high level positions within the EU crisis management missions and operations.

Within the framework of several components that the course curriculum had different approaches were discussed during the training regarding the crisis management operations in general, also with case studies related to Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union, with particular focus on the general guidelines of the European Union applied within the EU missions and operations as well as the legal aspects, political and human planning and overall strategic definition.

Regarding to the cooperation and coordination between the multiple International actors and stakeholders that could be involved in the crisis managements missions different lecturers belonging to several international organizations were invited to brief the audience about the challenges and the way ahead regarding the coordination and the role of each organization in mission area. The cooperation between civil and military forces and the European Gendarmerie Force was also discussed during the training.

Regarding the thematic related to leadership and management lectures were delivered regarding the challenges and own experiences of two former Head of Missions. These lectures allowed the attendees to be in touch with experienced Police Officers who had already managed real challenges in different multicultural environments. Also an acting Deputy Head of Mission – EULEX Kosovo - approached these issues also delivering competences within the area of Intelligence Led Policing orientated for CSDP Missions and Security aspects in Mission area.

In order to facilitate the learning process and able that all the trainees can put in practice the complex theoretical concepts that were delivered during the two weeks of intensive training several working groups were designed, developed and implemented. These working groups were based on a fictitious scenario named “UTOPIA”, which described a hypothetical scenario of a crisis management situation with the involvement of European Union through its Law Enforcement Forces and Institutions on the management of an MMA Mission in the region. During these working groups, the trainees were encouraged to discuss about the different stages of the planning process to set up a crisis management mission in the field. To this end the Senior Police Officers attending the training were invited to draft some of the most relevant documents that are produced during the different phases of the European Union strategic planning process every time that there is a need to launch a crisis management mission under the EU Common Security and Defence Policy.

The course ended formally on the 13th of October with the closing ceremony which was chaired by Colonel Paulo Alexandre da Cunha Nogueira Pelicano, Commanding Officer of School of Guard, who took the opportunity to highlight the relevance and impact of such this CEPOL course in the preparation and training of all Senior Police Officers who have concluded with success this demanding training, including a formal evaluation moment performed in the day before the last course day.

Without hampering the course work good development, time available has been found to proportionate to course participants cultural visits to relevant historical spots in Lisbon and its outskirts; these moments also contributed to an outstanding group spirit peculiar brand of these participants, also serving networking purposes among them.

During the course several distinguished experts, National and International, such a former Portuguese Republic Presidency candidate, Academics, or others recognized experts from the Portuguese society delivered lectures. From the European Union bodies the participants had the opportunity to receive several experts, in particular personnel from the European External Action Service-CPCC, with high experience and knowledge in crisis management matters.

Finally, the course attendees symbolizing their recognition towards the course organization regarding the quality and methodology applied in the delivered contents also, the excellence of the overall organization, took the initiative of awarding the course manager and the course administrator with certificates of appreciation.

Certificate Leval Gouveia

Certificate Alfaro Pereira

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