The first Annual Initial Conference of the CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme Took Place in Cyprus

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10 March 2008

The first Annual Initial Conference of the CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme took place in Cyprus on 21-23 March 2007. Seventy-five Exchangees and Tutors from 20 countries met for the first time to discuss logistics, content and the specific details of their exchanges.

The CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme aims to help improve cross-border police co-operation and understanding of different police cultures across Europe. Open to Senior Police Officers and Police Tutors in Europe, it also aims to provide individuals with an opportunity to get to know colleagues and working methods in other countries.

There will be two exchange periods for the exchangees during this year. Senior Police Officers can choose for exchange periods of ten days or three weeks, while Police Tutors can choose for exchange periods between one and three months.

In order to focus on important issues in the fights against cross-border crime, Senior Police Officers could choose from three different topics: Trafficking in Human Beings; Child Abuse on the Internet; or Diversity and Radicalisation. The topic for Police Tutors is 'Learning Environment'.

The CEPOL/Agis Exchange Programme began in December 2006 and will run for a period of two years, ending in November 2008.

The participating countries in this year's exchange programme include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. It is hoped that next year, a further five countries will also get involved in the exchange programme.

After the exchanges have taken place, those taking part will cascade their newly gained knowledge by giving courses and/or lectures, by publishing articles and/or participating in discussion platforms.

The results of the Exchange Programme will be published in a book which will be available on the CEPOL website.

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