Undercover Operations Course

Status message

Active context: context_uid_blog
26 July 2010

Cross-border crime is a fast growing global problem. The European Union is no stranger to this ever expanding phenomenon. More and more of the crimes committed today are trans-national and in order to combat this trend there is a need for better trained and prepared undercover operations and operators.

From 15 – 18 June 2010, the United Kingdom’s National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) International Academy hosted CEPOL course “Undercover Operations”.  Co-organised with the Italian CEPOL team, the course attracted a total of 32 participants and experts from 18 Member States.

Much appreciated by the participants was being able to use the “Hydra” Immersive Learning suite, which allowed them to take part in simulations of real time undercover operations, based on real incidents. The participants underwent operational decision making exercises followed by a review of the actions taken during the simulation.

Alessandra Ortenzi, vice questore of the Italian National police, delivered a session on the fundamentals of undercover operations in which she illustrated the methods used by the Italian police forces whilst performing undercover operations.

An analysis of the three days work performed at the end of the course highlighted the legal differences which govern Member States undercover operations and thus provided an opportunity to look at ways of possible future cooperation.

One participant commented, 'Having had the possibility to learn all I can about best practices in EU countries and having gained a broadened view of the overall purpose of these operations has opened my mind and enlarged my knowledge.'


05 February 2016

Training law enforcement officers in detecting false documents is key to tackle terrorism, which is currently one of the main threats to the security of the European Union and its citizens.

This was the topic of the CEPOL course 87/2015 “Detecting false documents - new trends and...

12 January 2016

The Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana organised from 9 to 20 November 2015 the CEPOL course 52/2015 on EU CSDP police command and planning. This two-week activity took...

17 November 2015

From 19 to 23 October 2015, CEPOL organised the course 46/2015 “Schengen evaluation” in close collaboration with the Security Academy under the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. Experts from 21 EU Member States with broad...



Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032