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28 May 2021

Do you have at least 3 years of professional experience in law enforcement, a good knowledge of English and believe that you could benefit from participation in an international professional exchange? If your answer is yes, the CEPOL Exchange Programme might be exactly what you are looking for.

The call for participants for this activity is open for registration until 2nd June 2021. Interested law enforcement officials can contact their National Exchange Coordinators through their CEPOL National Units/National Contact Points. The list of contacts available here.

CEPOL Exchange is a two-way cross-border programme allowing selected law enforcement institutions to host officials from another country for a period of one week, giving them the chance to exchange insights and good practices, build trust, initiate cooperation projects and foster deep and long-lasting learning and networking opportunities.

"It is an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge and to open new horizons in the way of investigating. A totally practical approach to other law enforcement and the best way to increase your professional network. (…) We cannot forget also its human dimension, to meet different cultures, to better understand them in both dimensions: on a professional and a personal level" – underlines Rafael Puentes Hernández, Police Officer - Debriefing Expert from Malaga, Spain and previous participant of CEPOL’s flagship exchange programme that took place in June 2017 in France.

So far, more than 4,300 law enforcement officials from different services (police, customs, border and coast guards, tax authorities, prosecutors) have taken part in this learning experience since the programme was launched in 2007.

Who can participate?

CEPOL Exchange is open to law enforcement officers from all EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Potential Candidate countries as well as Eastern Partnership countries with Working Arrangement with CEPOL.

To take part in an exchange, participants must:

  • have a minimum of three years’ work experience in the field of interest;
  • have a reasonable level of English (at least level B1) which enables them to communicate with colleagues about enforcing the law on the selected topic;
  • have not participated in the Exchange Programme during the last three years
  • commit to cascading their newly gained knowledge to colleagues
  • have a need and readiness for individual learning.

What kind of exchange opportunities do we offer in 2021?

Participation in the CEPOL Exchange Programme in 2021 is possible through any of the following modules:

  • The CEPOL General Exchange Programme (restricted in 2021)
  • The CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities related to judiciary cooperation in a joint collaboration with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) (restricted in 2021)
  • The CEPOL International Cooperation Exchange Programme, which encompasses exchange opportunities within the frame of CEPOL’s International Cooperation projects with EU Neighbourhood countries (open)

In 2021 only, last year’s successful applicants whose exchange could not be realised for reasons linked to the COVID-19 pandemic are able to participate in this year’s CEPOL General Exchange Programme and CEPOL-EJTN Exchange Programme modules. Successful participants in the 2020 call are invited to resubmit their applications through the 2021 restricted calls for these two modules.

What is the deadline for applications?

The application deadline is 2nd June 2021, but please bear in mind that internal deadlines might differ, please check with the National Exchange Coordinator of your country.

In 2021, the implementation period starts at the beginning of September and lasts until mid-November.

Find out more about the CEPOL Exchange Programme on our dedicated page!



Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032