The first ever CEPOL Research Symposium: Policing Major Public Events took place on 25-26 June at the Swedish National Police Academy in Solna, Sweden.
Thirteen researchers from Austria, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with seven Commanders and Operative Chiefs from Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, explored the status of research on policing public major events.
Through poster sessions, participants presented their ongoing or planned research projects in this area. High-risk football matches and demonstrations, as well as border control work, were highlighted as the main interest areas for research.
What became apparent were the differences of conditions for research between countries. If and how research results were applied in police operations or training were discussed, as well as topics highlighted in this field that require further research. It also became apparent that there was a widespread lack of awareness of what developments and research in this field are ongoing in Europe.
CEPOL’s Research and Science activities were presented as were the different systems of CEPOL’s e-Net. Participants recognised the benefit of e-Net for collecting and spreading information on research, as well as a good platform for keeping in contact and exchanging ideas with colleagues and experts.
The main conclusion of the Research Symposium was that there is a strong need for comparative research within Europe on policing major public events and that CEPOL should play an important role in initiating and supporting the possibility for researchers to network. Immediately after the Symposium, participants started to arrange ways in which to cooperate.
Marianne Hilton, Organiser from Sweden, said: “It was a pleasure to host the symposium particularly when the participants worked so hard and clearly appreciated being at the Academy where they had the possibility to develop their network. I would like to thank the Netherlands, Portugal and the Research and Science Working Group for their creative cooperation during the symposium and especially Professor Otto Adang, whose contribution helped us deepen our reflections.”
At the beginning of that week, CEPOL also contributed to the 2009 Stockholm Criminology Symposium.
A dedicated session entitled: ”CEPOL and Research in Policing”, Dr Detlef Nogala, CEPOL Secretariat’s Research and Knowledge Management Officer, informed participants about the activities of CEPOL in general, and in particular, in the field of research and science.
Professor Hans-Gerd Jaschke, University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany presented the outcome of the work of the ”Project Group European Approach to Police Science” which he had previously chaired. Prof. Jaschke highlighted the relevance of scientific and research based approaches for practical police work and outlined future pan-European projects on relevant topics.
The Stockholm Symposium offered a rich variety of criminological topics and featured dedicated policing sessions. Of particular interest from a police perspective were the presentations in the double session on ”Cost-effective Police Methods – Research-based Governing of Police Work”.
Also relevant from a CEPOL perspective was the presentation of EULOCS - the proposal for an initiative to move towards a shared EU level offence classification system to enhance cross-border cooperation. Contributions will be made available on the e-Library (part of CEPOL’s e-Net) later this year'