CEPOL trains law enforcement officials on victim protection

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02 March 2022
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Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)

CEPOL Course 45/2021 ‘’Victim Protection’’ took place in Veria, Greece, from 08 to 11 February 2022. This training was for the first time implemented onsite. The overall aim of the training was to enhance the capacity of law enforcement officials to assist victims of crimes.

It was organised by the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) in cooperation with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), the NGO Victim Support Europe, the Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania and the Hellenic Police School of further education and training of Northern Greece.

For this specific CEPOL course, a handbook with EU perspectives on Victim Protection was prepared for the participants.

There were 23 participants from 16 Member States and FRONTEX.

The experts highlighted the role of CEPOL’s Learning Management System, LEEd, and of the trainers in preparing and implementing CEPOL activities. Participants had the chance to discuss about the protection of victims in their countries, identify best practices and exchange knowledge from the different approaches in each country.

Police Captain Georgios Chasapis, the Activity Manager of the course highlighted:

‘’All of us are potential victims of crime as we are travelling, living, or studying abroad. As law enforcement officials, we must work hard and continuously to ensure that victims receive the support and protection needed, everywhere in the EU.”

The following main topics were covered during the course:

  • EU strategy and policy on victim’s rights (2020- 2025).
  • EU Policy for Victim Protection.
  • Specific types of crimes recognised and classified by EU for victims and vulnerable groups
  • National Authorities for Victim Protection
  • Victimisation and secondary victimisation
  • Implications and consequences of crime victimisation
  • Risk assessment on criminal investigations (practical exercise)
  • Methods for a respectful treatment of victims by law enforcement officials
  • Multisector cooperation for the protection and compensation of victims
  • Specific situations for victims of specific types of crimes “domestic violence”
  • Impact of Covid-19 on victim protection ‘’Crime rates, access of victims to law enforcement authorities and support services’’

Participants’ comments on the course:

Anna, from the Netherlands: “It was a privilege to participate in this training, as it gave me the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the protection of victims. The balance between theoretical presentations and practical exercises in groups was perfect, which made it possible to learn from other participants as well. The necessity of considering victims’ rights and needs, the importance of avoiding secondary victimisation and the factors that influence whether a victim decides to report a crime are some of the topics that I would like to focus more on in the future.”

Ilin, from Bulgaria: “The course was led by top experts, who enriched and upgraded our knowledge in the field of domestic violence, risk assessment, cooperation between institutions in EU countries etc. The lectures and presentations were prepared professionally, the role assignments were topical, and the discussions were at the highest expert level! I am extremely satisfied with this course!”

Sussane, from Sweden: “The course was very educational and interesting, and I bring a lot of material home to Sweden which I will spread in a national forum for Victim Protection (support and protection). Information of particular interest was the recently adopted new EU rules on crime victim support. The course itself was incredibly well planned and well completed. Information about Victim Support Europe and their information and knowledge platform was also very valuable. A forum that we will use in the future. Thank you CEPOL, KEMEA and Victim Support Europe for a well-conducted and important course.’’

Laura, from Spain: “The organisation of the course has been excellent. One of the most positive aspects is that a large part of the course was based on practical activities and teamwork, so I believe that the benefit of the course is greater.”

Ecaterina, from Romania: “The aim of the course is very well intended. The information was very well structured, presented by the trainers and could be put in practice with interactive activities in which we were able to share our experiences and ways of work as we came from different domains of work and countries. The learning environment provided by the trainers and by the participants was comfortable and appropriate for gaining new knowledge. During the whole course, I adapted the information to my daily work, and I reflected to my activity before. I took home a little '' to do list" as I was always taking notes which I have already started to share to my colleagues and to put in practice. I consider the aim of the course has been achieved and each of us had something to take back home and improve. I am very satisfied that I could attend your course. It enlarged my perspective and provided me a good base from now on.”

Anita, from Croatia: “The course was well structured, the topics were relevant and up to date, the lecturers were well prepared. A special step forward was made in the truly excellent organization of the course and the exceptional hospitality of the hosts who created a positive and stimulating atmosphere for both learning and networking of participants”.


About KEMEA

The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is supervised by the Ministry of Citizen Protection of the Hellenic Republic, and it is a scientific-based, consulting and research agency whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to perform studies, particularly at the strategic level, on security policies.

As CEPOL framework partner since 2016, KEMEA will continue to provide high quality standards training activities for the community of law enforcement officials.


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