CEPOL course gathers European medical and psychological experts in Latvia

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07 August 2015

The Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised from 9 to 12 June 2015 the CEPOL course 50/2015 EMPEN (European Medical and Psychological Experts’ Network for Law Enforcement) in Jūrmala, Latvia. Participants from 26 EU Member States plus Iceland, Switzerland and Turkey attended this course. The activity focused on personnel selection in law enforcement organisations.

Experts delivered presentations on topics such as the practice of personnel selection and trust in psychologists and in peers. Parallel sessions gave medical experts and psychologists from law enforcement agencies an opportunity to discuss everyday professional aspects in deep.


The main outcome of the course was that efficient selection of staff members, together with training and support, can strengthen law enforcement organisations and thus the internal security of the European Union. It was agreed that EMPEN should hold annual and workshop-oriented meetings in order to reach this outcome. The network proposed to collaborate with law enforcement organisations in the following areas:

  • Participation in EU international missions.
  • Scientific research.
  • Share of best practice on assessment methods.
  • A workshop on building a peer-support system, where especially selected and trained employees provide initial psychological help for their co-workers.
  • Recommendations on psychological and medical issues for law enforcement organisations.
  • Development of specific training programmes for employees.
  • Forensic psychology within the law enforcement area.
  • Increase of the number of medical experts in the network.
  • An annual journal about medical issues in the law enforcement field.
  • Promotion of a healthy work environment in law enforcement agencies.

EMPEN is a platform of experts established by the Council of the EU to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of medical and psychological services in the law enforcement field. The scope of the network includes psychological assessment and support for police officers and the promotion of scientific activities in this field.


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