CEPOL Executive Director attends online PCC SEE Committee of Ministers Meeting

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CEPOL Executive Director attends online PCC SEE Committee of Ministers Meeting
17 June 2021

The Executive Director of CEPOL, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder, participated yesterday at the 21st meeting of the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe (PCC SEE) Committee of Ministers, which took place online under the auspices of the Hungarian Chairmanship-in-Office. Ministers responsible for Home Affairs and Contracting Parties discussed the lessons learned by the law enforcement authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, as well measures assisting the promotion of operational cooperation to ensure a more effective joint action against irregular migration flows.

On the latter, Dr.h.c Detlef Schröder highlighted some of the measures implemented by CEPOL in this field underlining that facilitation of illegal immigration is one of the key priorities of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) security initiative, and noted that the training portfolio of CEPOL’s International Cooperation Unit also covers this topic in different regions outside the EU. As part of its core activities, the Agency plans to implement several courses in 2021, including “Investigations related to facilitation of illegal immigration cases” and “Facilitation of illegal immigration and criminal finances, money laundering”.

In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the CEPOL Executive Director emphasized that “the Agency responded rapidly to the emergency situation by converting all its onsite learning activities into e-Learning resources”. Mr. Schröder explained that CEPOL launched a series of Covid-19 related webinars and has so far organised two international online conferences to learn more about how the epidemic has affected the tasks of law enforcement authorities and to promote the exchange of best practice.

Additionally, CEPOL Executive Director announced the upcoming launch of a multitenancy environment in CEPOL e-Learning platform, LEEd, that will allow the creation of autonomous learning sites and a safe space for localisation and customisation of training resources by CEPOL partners. About this new component, Mr. Schröder highlighted: “Our multitenancy environment is born to become a shared pool of learning and training resources for the law enforcement community. Besides the savings in infrastructure resources consumption, the multitenancy environment will contribute to scale up the training, knowledge and best practices to a wider law enforcement audience”.

CEPOL Executive Director concluded that the Agency plans to hold in 2022 a specialised course on “Public order in pandemia” aiming to improve the preparedness of law enforcement authorities in public order management during pandemics.

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