The Schengen area at ENSP Saint Cyr au Mont d'Or

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11 October 2012

Thirty-four supervisors and operators from 25 national SIRENE bureaus of the SCHENGEN area were involved in the CEPOL advanced training which took place at the French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police (ENSP) from 3-7 September 2012.

This training session concentrated on a crucial issue: how to better process the increase of information flow in the Schengen Information System (SIS) whilst many bureaus are understaffed.

CEPOL and the SIRENE Training Committee aimed the course at those officers whose level of experience and knowledge could generate creative solutions within this complex SIS environment.

Claudio Schettini, training manager from SIRENE Rome, assisted by Veronika Turakova and Morten Praetorius from SIRENE Bratislava and Copenhagen moderated the workshops for the whole week.

The ENSP International Relations Office provided the back office and took part in the networking aspects of the course, by leading cultural activities and a session on the European security policies.

The evaluation showed a high level of satisfaction from the target audience, with many positive comments such as:

“The welcome and facilities were amazing. Three groups with three trainers over a course of three days is as straight forward an organisation as can be!”

"The CEPOL seminar and the organization by the ENSP were completely satisfying. The organizers were able to answer participants' expectations and the trainers were all well prepared. They dealt with all the important subjects and explained perfectly the stakes of this training session."

“The use of language between the Sirene Offices has troubled me many times in the past as a Sirene Operator. I pointed out the problem and it was inserted in the Fact Sheets that are to be presented to the SIRENE Committee”.

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