Kynopol project 2018-2019

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15 October 2018

Background of Kynopol

The Hungarian Police Education and Training Centre (PETC) are responsible for operating the Kynopol Secretariat.

The professional network was founded in 2011 and was not an active independent body until 2015 although other organizations used its name as a brand and organized some activities under its umbrella.

In 2015, the Secretariat assessed the possibilities to improve the network and found that Kynopol needed financial sources to launch its activities and to make EU member states interested in cooperation and joint efforts.

In order to make Kynopol fully operational, the Secretariat organized a roundtable meeting in February 2017 supported by the Hungarian Ministry of Interior.

Austrian, Slovakian and Polish dog professionals met at the Service Dog Training Centre of the Hungarian Police in Dunakeszi.

Participants discussed the future of Kynopol, identified its needs, possible activities and fields of cooperation.

Supported by the ideas developed during the roundtable meeting, PETC applied for support from Internal Security Fund developing a proposal of project of Cooperation among Professionals Regarding Training of Service Dogs.

The proposal turned out to be successful and earned 80 500 Euros which covered the expenses of travel, accommodation etc, of foreign professionals.

The primary aim of the project is to share best practices and experiences of the partner law enforcement agencies regarding the training and application of drug, explosives and poisoning against-wildlife detection dogs.

Secondary objective is to involve the member states into Kynopol making them interested in its activities and cooperation.

The project has three main activities:

  • Work shop which was held in May, in Hungary on 19th and 20th of June.
  • scientific-professional conference in 16-17th of October
  • professional visits to Hungary for foreign colleagues
  • professional visits for Hungarian experts to some designated member states

20 law enforcement agencies from 18 EU member states joined the project and 17 experts from 14 country attended to the workshop accompanied with 14 Hungarian professionals.

During the session, participants discussed the issue of training and application of drug, explosives and poisoning-against-wildlife detection dogs and got an opportunity for professional networking.
They introduced their services, training centres, methods and provided some insight into the challenges they faced.

Concepts regarding the future of Kynopol

The task to start the engine of Kynopol and make the member states active was fulfilled due to the workshop.

The participants unanimously supported the objectives of Kynopol and recognized the need to develop the structure (chair, steering committee, thematic workgroups etc.) of the network.

The participants realized the large potential derives from the cooperation which only had been provided by Frontex earlier but its activity had not dealt with as many disciplines as Kynopol was able to.

The representatives of member states pinned down that the Kynopol is open for all types of law enforcement agencies using service dogs and invites every governmental and non-governmental organization such as universities, research institutions, associations because the professional-scientific work can be extended with their help.

More cooperating institutions would enhance the possibilities of joint proposals for operating grants that could provide efficient financial resources to make considerable activities possible.

We considered CEPOL as a strategic partner which also looked for the cooperation with our network earlier.

The Kynopol is open for organization outside of Europe e.g. in America and Africa (African Union). In their case, the network would be able to provide counselling and training.

The main goal of Kynopol was identified as a sharing of knowledge, experience and best practices, therefore its possible activities can be workshops, seminars, conferences, joint training, study visits.

Cooperation with non-law enforcement agencies would provide effective assets for research and development. A Kynopol magazine would provide a great platform for professionals and researchers to present their ideas about different aspects of service dogs.

Continuing activities, the partners have to make an effort to raise finance which is only achievable through submitting applications.

For the sake of finding financial support, each partner has to pay attention to adequate calls for proposal to exploit opportunities.

Increasing the chance for a successful proposal, the partners are expected to cooperate in complying and handling in joint proposals. For this objective, Kynopol needs some highly committed partners who are willing to put effort into the cooperation and joint work.

A very important task is to develop an independent Kynopol website in order to enhance visibility of the network, improve communication and information sharing.

The webpage would have two platforms: one is only for registered users, another one for the public.

Tasks for future:

  • maintain the interest of the partners
  • draw new partners into cooperation
  • develop Kynopol website
  • make the official positions of Kynopol occupied
  • establish workgroups by disciplines and set their objectives
  • organize administrative meetings to foster the operation of Kynopol
  • register experts and offer them to third parties
  • implement further activities of the project
  • find calls for proposal and develop proposals for applications

The Secretariat has been organizing the Kynopol conference as the next activity of the project and develops its programme. The intention for attendance is high; more than 20 countries declared that they will send representative to the event.

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