CEPOL publishes Training Needs Analysis on Law Enforcement Cooperation, Information Exchange and Interoperability

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Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) on Law Enforcement Cooperation, Information Exchange and Interoperability
01 July 2021

The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training has released its latest Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) on Law Enforcement Cooperation, Information Exchange and Interoperability. This report provides EU and Member States law enforcement training institutions and organisations a comprehensive picture on operational level training priorities for law enforcement officials in Member States, including police, border guards, migration authorities, customs, and others.

The outcomes of the analysis show that the most relevant training topics for law enforcement officials are the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Supplementary Information Request at the National Entries (SIRENE); Interoperability components and processes; and EU cooperation tools and mechanisms. Based on the findings, training should be provided to law enforcement personnel at levels ranging from practitioner to advanced practitioner, for both investigators and system administrators.

The OTNA also reveals that sufficient training at national level is available on the Schengen Information System (SIS) and SIRENE, but not on the other key topics. Concerning SIS and SIRENE, the analysis also suggests that the EU-level training portfolio is seen as a timely and relevant supplement to national activities.

The results of this analysis will be used to develop specific training products on Law Enforcement Cooperation, Information Exchange and Interoperability for the whole European Union. The full report can be downloaded here.

To further complement the Agency’s activities in the field of Interoperability, CEPOL has established the Knowledge Centre on Law Enforcement Cooperation, Information Exchange and Interoperability (CKC INT) earlier this year. This CKC is mandated to design the multiannual EU-level training portfolio and to ensure the quality of activities in this specific domain.


What is behind the OTNA approach?

The CEPOL Regulation mandates the Agency to incorporate training needs assessments and analysis in its planning. CEPOL completed the EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment (EU-STNA) in 2018, identifying strategic level training priorities for law enforcement officials across Europe for the period 2018-2021. In order to analyse the particular training needs in more details, CEPOL is conducting the OTNAs.

The OTNA methodology is a structured training needs analysis procedure, which takes into consideration the deliverables of the EU-STNA process. CEPOL designs its multiannual training portfolio building on the outcomes of the OTNAs, which provide a detailed understanding of the number and profile of officials to be trained, as well as on the proficiency and urgency level of training to be delivered.

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