Community Policing Meets New Challenges: Preventing Radicalization and Recruitment

Status message

Active context: context_uid_blog
14 May 2008

The first step of the CEPOL – European Police College course Community Policing Meets New Challenges: Preventing Radicalization and Recruitment (CEPOL reference 50a/2008) was held in Tampere, Finland on 5-9 May 2008.

Attended by 31 participants from 18 European countries and ten experts from Finland, Sweden, UK, Europol, Latvia and Greece, the aim of the course was to improve the knowledge of the challenges of community policing today and how radicalization and recruitment of terrorism can be prevented. There is also a common approach needed within European police forces on this issue.

The topics of the expert presentations were about terrorism, radicalization and recruitment prevention and about neighbourhood policing and extremism. The Director of Finland’s Ministry of Interior spoke about Internal Security Programme in Finland focusing on early prevention.

The second step will be organised by Swedish National Police Academy later this year in October.

Detective Inspector Darren Mullins, a participant from Kent Police in the United Kingdom, stated “It is fascinating to see how the other European countries are tackling the problems of community policing. There are different ways of trying to gather intelligence from the community in addition to improving trust and confidence with the police. By working closely with the public we are going to be able to tackle the phenomena of radicalization and recruitment for terrorist groups. It is quite clear that the numerous police activities overlay one another and link together; I believe you cannot really concentrate on one aspect of Policing in isolation when tackling such a complex problem. There is a clear need to co-ordinate our activities.”

The course was organised by Police College of Finland together with University of Tampere and supported by Sweden, Latvia and Greece.


02 March 2022

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...

14 January 2022

CEPOL’s onsite course 83/2021 on EU Missions and operations – strategic advising took place in Budapest, at the International...



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