CEPOL introducing training needs analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement training at informal COSI meeting

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CEPOL introducing training needs analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement training at informal COSI meeting
13 July 2020

CEPOL’s Head of Operations, Ms Mailis Pukonen attended today the Informal meeting of the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) via video conference.

As this was the first Informal COSI meeting organised under the German Presidency, it started with the introduction of priorities and the working plan of the Presidency followed by discussions related to the European Police Partnership. In a follow up to the last meeting COSI resumed the discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on internal security with a focus on secure communication channels for law enforcement authorities and on Artificial Intelligence (AI), that provides opportunities for the sake of enhanced operational capabilities and fundamental rights.

Ms Pukonen introduced briefly the Training Needs Analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement training that CEPOL has conducted as a follow up to the previous COSI meeting on 15 of May 2020. During the assessment Member States indicated, that most of training should address online investigation methods, changes in crime patterns in respective fields and reorganisation of work due to the pandemic. The report that outlines around 50 specific training needs is available here.

CEPOL’s Head of Operations informed participants that changing crime patterns, the need to quickly adapt the working methods to new conditions, need to tackle online fraud and finally the need for swift and secure communication channels between authorities were also touched upon during the online conference that Croatian Presidency and CEPOL held on 25 of June on “Policing the Pandemic”.

Ms Pukonen also emphasized that information exchange has appeared as one of the core capability gaps in the EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment and as such, is a high priority also for training of law enforcement officials. She also announced that to identify relevant topics, as well as number official to be trained and proficiency level in this field CEPOL will launch an Operational Training Needs Analysis on Information Exchange and interoperability in 2020.

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