European Police College bids farewell to the United Kingdom

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CEPOL House at Bramshill, UK
11 September 2014

Today, at a special event held at the National College of Policing in Bramshill, UK, the European Police College (CEPOL) said farewell and thank you to its UK hosts and commercial partners.

CEPOL is leaving the site at Bramshill, which has been the location of its headquarters since 2004, and is relocating to Budapest, Hungary.

CEPOL Director, Dr Bánfi, welcomed the gathered dignitaries and guests before delivering a short presentation. Plaques commissioned especially for this event in recognition of the support and cooperation throughout CEPOL’s residence at Bramshill were presented to representatives from the Home Office and the National College of Policing, who then in turn also spoke briefly.

Following the presentations, Dr Bánfi said “Leaving Bramshill fills us with mixed emotions. Yes, we have a lot of fond memories here and this is where CEPOL thrived and evolved into one of Europe’s leading organisations for senior police officer training, but we now embark on the next leg of our journey and embrace the challenges and benefits of moving to a new host country”.

Bramshill, UK

These formal proceedings were followed by a relaxed light lunch where staff from CEPOL, most of whom are relocating to Budapest with the college, were able to personally thank the attendees and finally put a face to the voice on the other end of the phone.

CEPOL will leave Bramshill by 30 September and be operational in Budapest from 1 October 2014.


Note for Editors
The European Police College (CEPOL) is an EU agency dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to senior police officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers issues ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques and EU cooperation to economic crime. Activities are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture.

In 2012, The Home Office decided to sell the site at Bramshill, near Hook, Hampshire which is the home of the UK’s National College of Policing.
http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/103741/home_office_press_release_home_office_announces_bramshill_sale.html

In 2013 EU Member States were offered the opportunity to host CEPOL and following a lengthy consultation and application process, Budapest was selected - reflecting the need to ensure the capacity to deliver future strategic plans while offering best value for the taxpayer.
See
https://www.cepol.europa.eu/media/news/20140506/council-ministers-votes-change-seat-cepol

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