Seminar held on the use of European police science and research in police training and education

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31 October 2007

The 'Use of European Police Science and Research in Police Training and Education' was the subject of a seminar held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 17-19 October 2007. The aim of the seminar was to improve the capacity to recognise current developments and future challenges in applying police science and research within police training and education, as well as develop a paper with recommendations for what CEPOL can do to promote the use of science and research on its courses.

Twenty-five participants from 14 countries took part in the seminar, which was renamed from 'Information on Research and Science for Trainers' to reflect the need for a more proactive approach from participants.

The first day of the seminar was dedicated to several issues around police science and research in the world of police practice and police training. Janos Fehervary, Chair of the Research and Science Working Group, presented: 'The need and importance of police science and research for police training and practice'. Cees Kwanten discussed 'how police science is used to reinforce and redirect police practice'. Elisabeth Zinschitz, CEPOL Secretariat, discussed the CEPOL Training and Research Committee's interest in the topic and Dr. Detlef Nogala, CEPOL Secretariat, presented 'what sources of scientific information are and where they can be found.

The remaining days of the seminar were dedicated to practical training issues with regard to science and research. Examples were given of how scientific research can be a basis for the development of police training programmes or curricula:

  • The CEPOL Common Curriculum on Domestic Violence (Detlef Schröder);
  • Training Programmes on Domestic Violence in Cyprus (Konstantina Kapardi)
  • Training Programmes on Leadership in the UK (Bob Scurr)

Joachim Kersten, the new Head of the Faculty of Police Science in the German Police University in Münster, encouraged participants to consider the future of police science and research. He stressed the importance and function of police science and research, in particular as a comparative science, in the process of the "Europeanisation" of police and developing common policing standards.

The seminar was organised by Cyprus. The new Director of the Academy, Mr Zacharias Chrysostomou, said that he intended to continue on the same path of cooperation with CEPOL as the former Director.

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