Detlef Schröder addresses informal JHA Council in Bucharest on the future of policing and counter-terrorism cooperation

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07 February 2019

Digitalisation’s impact on policing will be a major game changer and needs to be addressed with dedicated training and infrastructure, to allow European law enforcement to bring crime prevention to the next level – argued Detlef Schröder addressing the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Bucharest, Romania today.

CEPOL’s Executive Director has praised Romanian Presidency for dedicating one of the themes of today’s meeting to policing in a connected world and thanked for teaming up with CEPOL in the preparations of this file.

According to recent EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment, prepared by the Agency, there are core capability gaps of the European law enforcement that need to be tackled, especially in the following digitalisation related areas:

  • open source intelligence
  • data collection
  • analysis and application
  • cyber-investigations
  • darknet and e-evidence.

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training is at the forefront of European cyber training in Europe, with 7595 officials trained in 2018 by 11 residential and 26 online activities.

In 2019, CEPOL already has planned and will deliver 2 open source intelligence courses, a training on electronic evidence and on first responders and cyber forensics (with addition of dedicated online webinars). The Agency is also planning the opening of the European Cybercrime Training Academy in June.

While addressing the JHA meeting’s point on strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation across EU, CEPOL’s Executive Director highlighted a capacity-building project run in collaboration with 6 countries from the Middle East and Africa and praised excellent inter-agency cooperation, especially with Europol in this area.



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