Third Module of the 2012 TOPSPOC course held in Finland

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11 October 2012

The Police College of Finland in Tampere hosted CEPOL course “34/2012 TOPSPOC - Top Senior Police Officers: The Stockholm Programme Realisation, Module 3” on 10-14 September 2012. Twenty-two participants from 16 different CEPOL Member States as well as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland took part in this course. The expert coaches came from Ireland and Belgium. This course was part of a four module activity. The previous two modules were hosted by Austria and Ireland, and the remaining fourth module will be hosted by Portugal later this year.

Course Manager Peter Sund opened the course by welcoming the participants to the Police College of Finland and by introducing the course program, the expert speakers and a summary of the National Police of Finland.

Following Mr Sund's introduction Ms. Sanna Palo from the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation gave a lecture on the course's communication theme with a presentation entitled “Challenges for Policing in the EU”. Mr Matti Heinonen from the Finnish Immigration Service followed and held two lectures on the topics of The Driving Forces behind Global Migration and European Immigration and Asylum Systems.

A large part of the course was dedicated to group work that was started in the previous modules. The course coaches however also provided some action learning sessions. On the module’s last day Ms Mariana Raimundo, Portugal, gave a presentation that introduced Module 4. The course’s official programme was closed by a feedback session facilitated by Mr Sund.

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