New eLesson in LEEd provides toolkit to help combat migrant smuggling

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27 July 2022

The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training has released a new eLesson on Behaviour analysis in migrant smuggling, targeted at first and second-line law enforcement officers from the border police or coastguard, officers from immigration and police forces, specialists in screening and debriefing, and second-line interviewers involved in combating migrant smuggling. It takes 60 minutes to complete and aims to enhance the key competencies required to understand behaviour in different circumstances, both during border control and in other checks, and to correlate evidence to make fair, non-discriminatory decisions in relation to the right of entry and stay. This eLesson provides a science based approach for the assessment of human behaviour and is fully oriented to the promotion of fundamental rights, with a special focus on the non-discrimination principle. The toolkit it offers can be particularly useful for law enforcement officials within the context of migrant smuggling, supporting their efforts to identify criminals and facilitators of this heinous crime.

The eLesson consists of a brief introduction, four topic chapters, a glossary of terms and abbreviations and a job-aid (a downloadable PDF reference document). Users can also check their level of understanding for each topic interactively. A certificate and a badge will be provided to those who successfully complete the eLesson’s quiz.

The four topic chapters of the eLesson are:

  • The importance of behaviour analysis in the context of migrant smuggling: how behaviour analysis can be used to combat migrant smuggling.
  • Multiple-channel analysis: how to identify and understand different signals received through various communication channels.
  • Behaviour assessment – errors and solutions: a summary of reasons why a law enforcement officer might disbelieve truthful accounts or believe lies, as well as good practices and examples of accurate multiple-channel analyses.
  • Facial micro-expressions: a detailed look at how facial micro-expressions can enable law enforcement officers to identify a person’s genuine emotions.

Those LEEd users interested in this eLesson can enrol through the direct link here.

About eLessons

CEPOL eLessons are 60 minutes digital training and learning resources designed to address emerging and current training needs of law enforcement officials.

They are compact and easy-to-follow, covering current topics presented engagingly with a focus on practical applicability. Users learn individually, at their own pace, and in an explorative way. Trainers can embed eLessons in their formal training – be it as a requirement in national curricula or as a pre-course activity for a CEPOL training. Students will obtain certificates and badges upon successful completion of the corresponding online tests. The job-aids embedded in eLessons ensure that the learners will more easily transfer the knowledge and skills learned into their every-day practice.

All LEEd users can enrol to eLessons free of charge, without nomination by a CEPOL National Unit/CEPOL National Contact Point.



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