CEPOL Regulation* mandates the Agency to incorporate training needs assessments and analysis in its planning. CEPOL completed the EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment (EU-STNA) in 2018, identifying strategic level training priorities for law enforcement officials across Europe for the period 2018-2021.

As a follow up to this exercise, CEPOL regularly conducts training needs analyses on operational level, on the priority topics defined by the EU-STNA. The aim of these analyses is to get a detailed understanding of the number and profile of officials to be trained as well as on the proficiency and urgency level of training to be delivered.

In 2020, CEPOL completed Operational Training Needs Analyses (OTNA) in the following strategic areas identified in the EU-STNA:

  • facilitation of illegal immigration
  • trafficking in human beings,
  • criminal finances
  • money laundering and asset recovery
  • drug trafficking.

To provide timely response to training needs emerging as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, CEPOL, in cooperation with the European Council and the EMPACT structure, completed a ad-hoc additional analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on investigations and training needs with regard to the current EU Policy Cycle priority areas. As respondents indicated that cases of domestic violence have substantially increased as a consequence of the pandemic an additional analysis was completed on the Impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence law enforcement operations and training needs.

CEPOL designs its multiannual training portfolio building on the outcomes of the OTNAs. Outcomes of the training needs analysis on the impact of COVID-19 feed to newly developed learning products that aim at enhancing the knowledge, skills and competencies of law enforcement officials across Europe as a response to the pandemic.

The analyses provide a comprehensive picture on operational level training priorities, therefore, they can be used by training providers in Member States and on European level when designing their training portfolio.

The training needs analyses can be downloaded here:

Should you have any inquiry concerning the process please contact the OTNA team via email.

* Regulation (EU) 2015/2219 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and replacing and repealing Council Decision 2005/681/JHA


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