Future Crime Trends

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20 June 2008

The first step of the CEPOL ‘Train the Trainers’ course on Future Crime Trends (CEPOL reference 52A/2008) was held in Helsinki (Finland) and Solna (Sweden) on 2–5 June 2008. The course was organised by the Police College of Finland together with the Swedish National Police Academy; and supported by Iceland, Europol and Eurojust.

Attended by 17 participants from 13 European countries and four experts from Sweden, Europol and Eurojust, the aim of the course was to increase the awareness and understanding of what is needed in the fight against Organised Crime, and in particular of how the OCTA Reports can be used for strategic planning in this context. Furthermore, the course aimed at translating strategic priorities in the area of Organised Crime into detailed educational and training recommendations.

Presentations were given about Organised Crime, the OCTA Report and Eurojust. The outcome will be a Trainers’ Manual on this topic put together by the participants of this course and based on the model of CEPOL’s Common Curricula. The Manual should then be published as a booklet and/or on the CEPOL website.

The participants worked with a strong commitment. In between the two courses, the participants will work on assignments to prepare the second step. They will do this in groups while using CEPOL’s e-Net facilities.

Dermott Nelhams, from the Metropolitan Police Service in the UK, found the format and content of this course to be both unique and informative. He said: ”The speakers and facilitators were professional and organised, thereby maximising the learning and informed participation of the delegates in 'syndicate' work. This rolling programme is designed to enable officers from the EU Member States to work together in producing a current and relevant training guide to assist in the fight against Organised Crime throughout the EU and for this reason alone it is a valid and worthwhile exercise.”

Carlos Costa from the ISPJCJ, Portugal said: “The course showed that there is a great need for establishing harmonised methods of training in different EU countries in order to improve the ways of combating of organised crime.”

Ingrid Werkman, a Senior Police Officer from the Hessische Police School, Germany, stated: 'It was my first CEPOL course and meeting people from all over Europe who share the same interests was a great experience! Discussing the situation of Organised Crime and finding out that the phenomenon and the problems in combating it are nearly the same in the participating Member States, taught me that it is imperative to get a common basis of knowledge and comprehension which should be implemented in the education and training. Curriculum standards have to be created and this is why the course was very useful. This is a good step on the way to harmonisation of the police work in Europe in fighting Organised Crime. European strategic developments in fighting against Organised Crime (OCTA) can help to convince those responsible about the future crime trends and help them to assign priorities.'

Vladimir Kotulic from the National Europol Unit, Slovakia, praised the didactic methods and thanked the organisers for their efforts. He said: ”I am looking forward to the next step of the course in Iceland because of the interesting topic and the preparation of the trainers’ manual, but also because of the good group atmoshpere.”

The second step will be organised by the Icelandic National Police College on 28 September 2008 - 2 October 2008.



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