COVID-19 TASK FORCE: Putting CEPOL e-learning technology and expertise to the service of law enforcement agencies across Europe

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COVID-19 TASK FORCE: Putting CEPOL e-learning technology and expertise to the service of law enforcement agencies across Europe
30 April 2020

In times of coronavirus, having access to safe digital tools for facilitating virtual workshops and online meetings has become a clear commodity for organisations and institutions. In this respect, CEPOL responded rapidly to potential emerging needs in the Member States by making available to law enforcement agencies, academia and training institutions its advanced e-learning infrastructure and technology in order to ensure continuity in the delivery of mass training activities to law enforcement officers across Europe.

The offering came along with the set-up of a ‘CEPOL COVID-19 response’ Task Force in late March “aiming at providing, in line with CEPOL legal mandate, support to MS and partner agencies in the context of the COVID-19 crisis on training and education of law enforcement officials by utilisation and prioritisation of the available CEPOL e-infrastructure and online tools”.

In practical terms, CEPOL has made available the use of its GoTo Applications licenses, enabling the organisation of online meetings from 25 up to 500 attendees; additionally, CEPOL has offered granting law enforcement communities access to its own learning management platform, allowing to create collective learning spaces where to continue training activities virtually.

A total of 12 Member States and several EU agencies and partner organisations that closely cooperate with CEPOL reacted positively to the offering. Up until now, law enforcement academia in 7 Member States have engaged in specific cooperation agreements to benefit from the Agency’s robust online technology and e-learning infrastructure alongside the solid experience of its staff in delivering distance learning and facilitating online meetings.

From the assistance provided by CEPOL, two examples show case the difficulties encountered by training organisations at national level in the face of the COVID-19 crisis and the practical role the Agency is playing in unblocking their situation. Thanks to CEPOL, the Policia Judiciaria in Portugal has been able to provide an alternative online training plan to its trainees using a GoTo Applications license, while the Bulgarian Academy of the Ministry of Interior is using CEPOL’s eLearning management platform to ensure the continuity of their training activities to the benefit of several hundred of trainees and cadets.


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