CEPOL releases first Training Needs Analysis on Environmental Crime

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CEPOL releases first Training Needs Analysis on Environmental Crime
05 September 2022

CEPOL has just released the first Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) on Environmental Crime.

During the past years, the protection of the environment has become an ever-growing topic of concern. Environmental crime has an impact on people’s health and well-being, while affecting the economy within and beyond the EU.

Responding to this emerging need, the European Green Deal confirms the promotion of actions ‘by the EU, its Member states and the International community, to step up efforts against environmental crime’. Furthermore, the new proposal for the EU Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law (2021), as part of the wider package of initiatives under the European Green Deal, introduces several provisions to improve the operational effectiveness of national enforcement chains. The need to deliver specialised training on environmental crime is underlined in the proposal, as training can strengthen cross-border cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information, thus ensuring the successful detection, investigation and prosecution of a much higher number of environmental crime cases in the EU.

Building on the strategic training priorities defined by the EU-STNA 2022-2025 and in line with the priorities set by the European Green Deal and the Justice and Home Affairs Agencies` Network, CEPOL launched the OTNA on environmental crime in December 2021.

The outcomes of this research will be used to define CEPOL’s training portfolio in the field of environmental crime, in order to respond to the required law enforcement training needs at EU level. More specifically, the report identifies the training priorities in the area of environmental crime for 2023-2025.

The most relevant main topics identified in the OTNA are:

  • Waste crime
  • Pollution
  • Wildlife crime
  • Investigations
  • International cooperation
  • New EU legal framework

The OTNA also notes that as environmental crimes are often accompanied by other forms of crime, many of the topics are interlinked. Therefore, training on environmental crime should take a holistic approach . This means that topics such as economic crime (e.g. money laundering, fraud in obtaining or deviating a subsidy, grant, or credit) investigations techniques, criminal infiltration in legal business, corruption, and document fraud are to be addressed as horizontal aspects to be integrated in training activities, when relevant.

Read the full OTNA report on Environmental Crime here.

Visit our online learning platform LEEd for EU law enforcement officials for more information on our currently available resources covering the topic of environmental crime.

What is behind the OTNA approach?

The CEPOL Regulation mandates the Agency to incorporate training needs assessments and analyses in its planning. CEPOL completed the second EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment (EU-STNA) in 2021, identifying strategic level training priorities for law enforcement officials across Europe for the next 4-year cycle 2022-2025 of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT). 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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