Executive Director shares video message commemorating CEPOL’s 20 years

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CEPOL Executive Director, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder
17 September 2021

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary this year of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), its Executive Director, Dr. h.c. Detlef Schröder, has shared a video message commemorating this very important occasion.

The video message brings us back to the European Council in 1999 in Tampere (Finland), where the decision to establish the Agency was made. CEPOL Executive Director highlights how fast the Agency has developed since then, paying special attention to the solid training portfolio and qualification options the Agency has built over the past 20 years to this day. Dr. h.c. Schröder underscores the important role CEPOL plays when it comes to connecting professionals working in the field of law enforcement across the EU and beyond: “Building trust and confidence is at the core of what we do. This is what underpins effective cross-border law enforcement cooperation”.

CEPOL Executive Director conveys his appreciation to all close partners of the Agency, both at EU and Member States' level, for the strong cooperation demonstrated so far, by noting: “This is our key strength, the robust network behind us, and the expertise that lies within our partners on many subjects”.

Anticipating what comes next, Dr. h.c. Schröder sets out digitalisation as one of the main challenges ahead: “Digital developments require also that law enforcement communities upskill constantly towards cybercrime and other digital areas”.

The Executive Director’s message concludes by reiterating the Agency’s commitment to continue supporting the law enforcement communities in Europe for many years to come.

The video message can be viewed through this link.

Check out our interactive timeline with CEPOL’s major milestones or download our ready-to-print version.

Watch also Commissioner Johansson’s video message to mark CEPOL's 20th anniversary.


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