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20 December 2010

The recent CEPOL SIRENE Advanced Training was hosted by the French Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Police (Lyon) on 6-10 December 2010. This, the second advanced training course for SIRENE operators, brought together 29 participants from 25 Member States in the Schengen area.

The objective of the course was to create the first 'Factsheet” referring to article 95 of the Schengen agreement, as a practical tool for the operators dealing with European Arrest Warrants.

With the diverse experiences of participants, the advanced course offered an excellent opportunity to develop an operationally applicable document to reflect the constraints of SIRENE bureaus in the Member States, subject to different legal systems and procedures.

The activity was prepared and organised by the International Relations Department of the French National Police College. It was moderated by Thomas Meyer, SIRENE training manager with the assistance of three SIRENE trainers from Belgium, Finland and the Czech Republic

Still on the SIRENE theme, on 21-22 November 2010, 14 representatives from CEPOL and the SIRENE Training Committee met at the French National Police College in order to evaluate of the first two years of SIRENE operators’ training under the CEPOL’s umbrella.

Detlef Schröder, Deputy Director of CEPOL and Jean Marie Fiquet, Head of International Relations at the National College, wanted to bring together the different key players of CEPOL and the SIRENE training committee in order to take stock of ongoing activities, define and set priorities for the future in four main areas: communications, courses, capacity building for trainers and distance learning.

The recommendations of the group were presented at the 22nd CEPOL Governing Board meeting and were adopted in the Annual Work Programme for 2011.

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