Ready for operation! Pre-Deployment Training for EU CSDP Missions took place in Germany

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08 April 2019
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From 17th to 29th March 2019 the CEPOL Residential Activity 90/2019 “Pre-Deployment Training for EU CSDP Missions” took place at the campus of the German Police University, located at the city of Münster, Germany.

This activity aimed at increasing the operational ability of the staff likely to be deployed in missions in the scope of the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union, as well as providing participants with knowledge and skills necessary to become operational and capable to adapt to the mission specific working environment in a quick manner. The German Police University organised this seminar with the support of the State Bureau for Education, Training, and Personnel of the North Rhine-Westphalia Police and within the framework of the CEPOL Knowledge Center Consortium on CSDP Missions.

The seminar was attended by 26 participants from 19 member states of the European Union with a broad and varied profile, ranging from middle- and higher-ranking police officers to administrative staff from national ministries of Interior and regional-based law enforcement institutions. The training curriculum focused on providing participants with an understanding of the mandate and core business of international peace operations through innovative adult participatory learning strategies and theoretical-practical oriented exercises on subjects such as conflict sensitive project management, safety and security in field missions, mediation, negotiation and working with language assistants, conflict management, as well as first aid, radio communication, map reading, or mine awareness. As facilitators of this learning process, the course was delivered by twelve trainers from Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, whose vast experience in training police personnel and involvement in EU CSDP and UN field missions ensured optimal conditions for exchange of experiences and knowledge. In total, the course comprised 94 training hours distributed in sessions over two weeks, plus three networking activities in which participants enjoyed cultural and sporting activities in the outskirts of the Münsterland region.

Constantin Ciupercǎ, participant from the Romanian Police, shared with us his experience during the seminar, in his words: “It was the perfect training for all of us. From theoretical lessons to the field exercise, everything was well prepared by the best and most professional trainers. I am looking forward to participate in other courses at the same high standards.”

The German Police University, organiser of the activity, is the highest learning institution of Germany with university status for senior police officers, tasked with developing teaching, advanced training, and research in police-related disciplines supported by a staff of more than 200 law enforcement officials, academics, and administrative personnel.

CEPOL training 90-2019.

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