New Chairperson starts at 15th Research and Science Working Group Meeting

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15 November 2010

The 15th meeting of the Research and Science Working Group (RSWG) took place at the Ecole des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale (EOGN) in Melun, France on 12-14 January 2011. Dr. Risto Honkonen, Head of the Research Department of the Finnish Police College, chaired the meeting for the first time. All delegates, including new member Dr. Katharina Weiss from Austria, were formally welcomed by the Director of the EOGN, General Saffray and his deputy.

Whilst preparing CEPOL research and science activities for 2011, the RSWG had the opportunity to discuss with invited guest Jose Alberto Ramirez, Spanish organisation team for this year’s CEPOL Research and Science Conference, crucial event details. One important outcome was the decision to bas the Conferences topics on “cybercrime, cyber-policing, and the challenge of social media”. A further relevant result is that for the first time the CEPOL Police Research and Science Conference will be open to a limited number of paying external participants.

Thanks to a decision adopted at the 22nd Governing Board, the European Police Science and Research Bulletin is now a permanent publication project belonging to the RSWG. Whilst working with the submissions received for the 5th issue, it was decided to be flexible with the length of contributions for future issues without however compromising the bulletin’s informative impetus.

Dividing into ‘task-forces’, the RSWG-members also worked on a variety of ongoing tasks and projects:

  • Concept of the European Handbook of Police Science
  • Concept of a future CEPOL Research Award
  • Further developments for e-Net’s e-Library
  • Strategy implementation plan

With CEPOL’s general strategic goals in mind, the group decided to assign ‘institutional liaisons’ with relevant European partner organisations in the field of police research and police science to individual members within the working group.

In order to allow the working group member’s to collaborate more efficiently, a new dedicated “platform” within e-Net’s LMS was introduced and handed over to the RSWG.

The next RSWG meeting will be hosted by Lithuania in April 2011.

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