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30 March 2010

The first of the four module CEPOL course ‘Top Senior Police Officers’ (TOPSPOC) attracted 29 senior police officers from 20 Member States, as well as from Associated countries, Europol and Interpol.

The theme of the first module was the future of policing in Europe, an area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizens. This module, the 8th in CEPOL’s history, was hosted by the French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police (ENSP) in Lyon and supported by Austria, France, Estonia and Portugal on 1-5 March 2010.

During the first module, topics were presented by Eduardo Ferreira (Portugal), Josephine Taylor (United Kingdom), Robert Hauschild (Europol), and Joachim Kersten (Germany), all of which are European experts in the remits of management, police cooperation, inter-culturalism and auditing.

Contributions by Francesco Calderoni (Transcrime), Fabio Marini (European Commission) and Theo Brekelmans (CEPOL Secretariat), allowed the participants to update their knowledge of European cooperation, the Stockholm Programme and the roles and mandates of European Agencies.

All participants are coached throughout the year by senior police officers that are highly experienced in the field of training, in order to optimise group dynamics and cross-border cooperation.

Highlights of module one included a visit to the Interpol General Secretariat and an official welcome at the Hôtel de Ville de Lyon, both of which were prepared and implemented by Course Manager Jean Marie Fiquet and his international relations team at the ENSP.

The results of the 2010 TOPSPOC will be presented during the fourth and final module taking place in Portugal in November.

Nominations for the 2011 edition of TOPSPOC will be collated by CEPOL National Contact Points in December 2010.

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