Police officers’ training is key to improve search of missing children

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Specialised training for SIRENE officers
16 March 2015

From 16 to 20 March 2015, CEPOL’s framework partner ENSP (École Nationale Supérieure de la Police – Lyon, France) is organising a training activity for law enforcement officers dedicated to the use of informative alerts to effectively search and protect missing children in Europe.

34 participants will take part in this activity hosted at the ENSP premises. This CEPOL course aims at improving the efficiency of information exchange to trace, protect and safely repatriate missing children in Europe. Participants will gain a deep understanding of the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the alerts generated by this system to assist law enforcement offices in locating the child.

Experts from SIRENE network, eu-LISA, the European Commission, as well as from academic and non-profit organisations will deliver presentations on issues such as child abduction, migrant children, minors recruited as foreign fighters and “child alert” mechanism. Different legal framework within the EU along with civil aspects will also be addressed.

Course manager Jean-Marie Fiquet commented: “For the first time, CEPOL is partnering with ENSP to train law enforcement officers in one of the most important challenges for the security of the EU citizens: the search of missing children. Our intention is to consider the wide variety of cases, their complexity, and not only the legal and functional aspects of the issue but also the moral, political and cross border cooperation issues underlying it. I am convinced that the expertise and commitment of participants and experts will trigger profitable discussions and solutions”.

Note for editors:

The European Police College (CEPOL) is an EU agency dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to law enforcement officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers topics ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques and from EU cooperation to economic crime. Activities are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture.

The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a highly efficient large-scale information system that supports external border control and law enforcement cooperation in the Schengen States. SIRENE stands for Supplementary Information Request at the National Entries. Each state operating the SIS has set up a national SIRENE Bureau, operational 24/7, that is responsible for any supplementary information exchange and coordination of activities connected to SIS alerts.



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