Final meeting of the Kynopol 2018-2019 Project

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23 September 2019

The Kynopol network held a closing meeting of the Cooperation Among Dog Handlers regarding the training of Service Dogs project (No. BBA-5.2.1/3-2017-00002) on 27-28th of August 2019 in Pilisszentkereszt, Hungary.

The project was supported by the Internal Security Fund (ISF) and the Hungarian Ministry of Interior.

Experts attended from Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Finland, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Romania. Serbia attended as observer.

Experts and representatives of Hungarian Ministry of Interior, Counter-terrorism Centre, Prison Service, National University of Public Services, Police Education and Training Centre also attended to the event.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the results of the project, to draw conclusions from the cooperation and information sharing, to outline the possibilities of obtaining financial and political support of the EU law enforcement agencies to operate `The Kynopol network.`

Dr. Gábor Tóthi, (head of Department for European Cooperation and Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Relations) explained the function of the Law Enforcement Working Party (LEW) and the role and importance of other law enforcement agency networks under the umbrella of LEW.

Maj. Tamás Szabó (Department for Support Coordination and Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Relations) informed the attendees how the EU project support system works including the mechanisms of national or direct support and constraints of ISF’s financial policy.

Maj. Szabó stressed that the projects which are implemented in the framework of national ISF programs are proper to operate Kynopol but recommended to the member states to look for union action and conduct projects in cooperation of some countries.
He pinned down that the best solution would be that if the network had direct and constant financing support from the IMF because in that case the network could avoid the burdensome and uncertain application process and could do short- and middle-term planning.

Dr. PhD. lt. col. Ferenc Less gave a report about the history of Kynopol, the effort to kick off the network, Hungarian commitment and the objectives, results and indicators of the closed project.
He informed the attendees that the Education and Training Centre of the Hungarian Police is examining the possibility of a new project supported by ISF Hungarian national program.

The long-term aim must be to obtain direct financial support but the Kynopol has to implement as many activities as possible to make the decision makers consider that the network worth granted with direct support. For sake of this aim, Lieutenant Colonel recommended to the member states to look for calls for proposals to organise joint service dogs activities with some countries on a regional level and label them as Kynopol activity. He thinks that Kynopol activities could be multiplied in a way which could be a guarantee for that the financial support would be spent on effective activities.

The attendees agreed that the project was successful and extraordinarily effective because it provided a good opportunity for exchanging of views and best practice for numerous experts on exceptionally large scale of disciplines and topics.
They highlighted the fact that Kynopol is the only service dog network on the international stage which provides a proper platform to discuss all disciplines (explosives, drug, currency detection or tracking and patrol dogs etc.).

The attendees suggested that the Kynopol must be open for all sort of law enforcement agencies and military services.
For the sake of channelling new results of scientific research into service dog activities, Kynopol must call for cooperation with scientific research institutions.

It must be looked at the possibilities to cooperate with private security companies employing service dogs because the number of those countries increases where the Police supervise the service dog activities of private security community and certify their dog teams.

The experts set the direction of the Kynopol in short-term if the financial support will be ensured and agreed that the Kynopol official positions (chair, vice-chair etc.) must be filled up by election next year.

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