Twenty-eight senior police officers and 15 magistrates from 21 Member States took part in the latest Joint Investigation Teams CEPOL seminar hosted by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police in Lyon from 28 March to 1 April 2011.
The European Council, Eurojust, Europol, Olaf, Interpol and the European Judicial Training Network sent a total of 13 experts to support this ever popular CEPOL event.
Working visits and case studies, feedback from practitioners involved in past joint investigations and comprehensive information on how Joint Investigation Teams (JIT) are financed offered the participants a unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge and willingness to use JITs as key instruments during cross border investigations.
During the closing ceremony, Hélène Martini, Director of the ENSP, and Detlef Schröder, Deputy Director of CEPOL, recalled the organiser’s use of the European Union motto “Unity in Diversity” to illustrate the distinct European character of the Joint Investigation Teams seminars, and stressed how CEPOL activities can contribute to strengthening European resilience to crime and foster a proactive law enforcement agenda.
Special thanks to all who contributed in this joint success story of CEPOL and the European Judicial Training Network.
The following comment by one of the participants on day two of the event sums up the success of this event:
“After one day in Lyon, I can neither distinguish who are the police officer and who are the judges nor from which countries they are. We all have a common goal: to work together and get the best result and it is a really a good experience in my career!”