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09 December 2010

CEPOL’s TOPSPOC VIII course attracted 24 participants, mainly from the Member States, but also from Europol, Interpol, Norway and Iceland. Module 4, the final module in 2010, was held at Instituto Superior Polícia Judiciária e Ciências Criminais (ISPJCC), the Judiciary Police School at Loures, Portugal, on 22 -26 November 2010. Modules 1 to 3 were held in France, Estonia and Austria respectively during 2010.

The objectives for Module 4 were that participants present their findings both orally and in writ-ing; to report on the personal and group experiences of the ‘Action Learning’ process and how this developed throughout the four modules; to devise methods to disseminate the conclusions about their topics; to write a personal action plan for continuation of Action Learning and topic interest.

During the five-day Module 4 course, participants worked together and presented their results and conclusions. The coaches for the course were Piet de Brouwer, Belgium, Guy Vinet, France, and Marek Link, Estonia. Participants had four assignments:

  • Topic 1 ? Police leadership in Europe in the future (2020) ? how does police leadership need to develop in order to scope future challenges and changes?;
  • Topic 2 – Common professional standards for police serving the citizen in Europe;
  • Topic 3 – The European policy on the fight against organised crime that is based on optimal use of available tools;
  • Topic 4 – Improving the practise of cross-border cooperation through monitor-ing and evaluation.

Willy Bruggemann, Belgium, provided feedback on the group presentations on topics 2 to 4 on the third day whilst Eduardo Ferreira, Portugal, provided feedback for topic 1 on the fourth day.

Also on the fourth day, participants and coaches were welcomed by the Portuguese Minister of Justice, Alberto Martins, in the Ministry of Justice in Lisbon.

On the fifth day, and for the first time in the last four years, Detlef Schröder, CEPOL Deputy Di-rector, closed the course and assisted with the final feedback given by the participants and coaches. He said: “The course is important in four modules to brick the group network.”

He added that there would be the possibility of inviting one of the participants to the next Governing Board meeting to present the main conclusions of the training course as a future tool to be taken in account.


The overall aims of the CEPOL TOPSPOC four-module course include:

  • The use and promotion of the learning gained on the course through ‘Action Learning’ for personal and professional development to benefit participants’ national colleagues;
  • To describe the objectives of the subject area selected by each participant;
  • To transpose the objectives of the subject area in their own country;
  • To explain how the subject area has impacted upon their daily work process;
  • To utilize the network established during the course to enhance international police co-operation;
  • To share and apply best practices discussed during the course.

The CEPOL TOPSPOC VIII course had 4 Modules:

  • Module 1 was organised by France in Lyon on 1-5 March 2010.
  • Module 2 was organised by Estonia in Tallinn on 31 May – 4 June 2010
  • Module 3 was organised by Austria in Traiskirchen on 20-24 September
  • Module 4 was organised by Portugal in Loures on 22-26 November 2010


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