COVID-19: CEPOL overcomes successfully agency-wide remote work stress test

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COVID-19: CEPOL overcomes successfully agency-wide remote work stress test
08 April 2020

The coronavirus crisis has forced CEPOL’s operations to shift to digital-only channels and agency-wide remote work. Following the first announcement one month ago on the temporary suspension of all training activities and meetings requiring physical presence, the agency has ramped up remote working capabilities to keep connected to its stakeholders and maintain its online learning activities running smoothly and without disruptions.

The trend of working from afar is no secret to CEPOL. With a track record of 15 years of experience in delivering distance learning using electronic means, the agency has overcome with success this temporary shift to digital-only channels. The first fully online Management Board meeting in CEPOL’s history was held on 31 March, with 44 delegates all dialling in from their homes or offices to a virtual plenary hosted by CEPOL. Along with these small but significant milestones, regular video conferences are being held with stakeholders, daily management online meetings are still taking place, an all-staff virtual assembly is organised on a weekly basis, and all that while staff deals with administrative and operational activities remotely via teleworking.

As these work-from-home policies take centre stage in CEPOL’s daily routine, the agency is working on reinforcing its e-learning training offer to cater to a growing demand of online learners. Only in March, CEPOL saw a 10 percent increase in the number of registrations in webinar and online courses. Nine e-learning activities were delivered with a total of 1,174 registered participants. Besides, CEPOL’s Cyber Crime Academy online products have enabled over 1,300 officials to keep pace with the latest cybercrime trends.

Moreover, a COVID-19 Task Force has recently been set up to better address specific needs of Member States and JHA agencies on training and education of law enforcement officials during these difficult times, by leveraging CEPOL’s existing online technology and e-learning infrastructure. The Task Force aims at offering CEPOL’s partners the best possible solutions, by maximising available resources and reducing response time.



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