Exchange Programme Evaluation Conference

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06 December 2011

Nearly 300 people participated in a professional police training exchange in 2011, as part of the CEPOL European Police Exchange Programme, organised by CEPOL, the European Police College. This is the highest number of participants ever in a single year and a significant increase from 2010, when only 80 people took part. The increase can be attributed to the wider range of exchange topics on offer this year and the introduction of group study visits.

The CEPOL European Police Exchange Programme offers police officers, experts and police trainers the opportunity to spend up to 12 days with a partner organisation in another country. As with traditional exchanges, the visit is then reciprocated. Exchanges are organised according to areas of interest and take the form of an individual exchange, including a special programme for commanders, a group exchange with a specific focus (cybercrime in 2011) or a study visit. In 2011:

  • 292 people took part from 26 EU countries
  • Over 15 different topics were covered, including community policing and prevention of radicalisation, financial crime, trafficking in human beings and drug trafficking
  • Three study visits to Europol and one study visit to OLAF

As in previous years, the programme will be formally evaluated. This year’s evaluation meeting takes place in Prague on 6 – 7 December and is co-organised by the CEPOL and the Czech CEPOL team from the Czech Ministry of Interior. The purpose of the meeting is to review and assess the success of programme and agree recommendations for 2012 exchange programme.

The two-day meeting will be attended by around 70 people, including representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union agencies operating in the field of Justice and Home Affairs. Exchange programme coordinators from each Member State will also attend; as will over 50 exchange programme participants provide accounts of their individual exchanges on the first day of the meeting. Feedback indicates that most have had positive experiences, with over 95% of participants rating their exchange as either excellent or good.

CEPOL Deputy Director Detlef Schröder said: “The number of exchange participants that we have seen this year underlines the importance of the programme both in sharing law enforcement knowledge and skills and in fostering a European police culture. The exchange programme enables a better understanding of the issues facing Member States, a better knowledge of the solutions available and a better professional network, which combined make for a stronger response in the fight against crime. At a time when four out of ten EU citizens think that the EU needs better tools to fight crime, the exchange programme is more relevant than ever.”

A report on the 2011 exchange programme will soon be made available on the CEPOL website.

About the 2011 European Police Exchange Programme

The European Police Exchange Programme is one of CEPOL’s pillar activities, offering police officers, experts and police trainers the opportunity to spend up to two weeks with a police force in another country.

Built on the principles of traditional programmes, where visits are reciprocated, the exchange programme has been designed to:

  • Promote mobility and the exchange of police officials, in the context of practical training programmes
  • Establish a common and shared practical knowledge in different police fields;
  • Facilitate sharing, at an EU level, police good practices
  • Contribute to the creation of the European police identity
  • Encourage mutual learning and networking within the framework of European police cooperation

Each exchange is organised according to a participant’s area of interest. In 2011, the exchange programme covered topics from community policing to counterterrorism, from forensics to financial crime and from dog handling to drug trafficking.

In addition to traditional exchanges, The exchange programme also includes group study visits to EU agencies involved in justice and law enforcement, such as Europol and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). These week-long visits are targeted to police officers and specialists in international police cooperation who deal with cross-border crime.

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