2005 CEPOL European Police Research & Science Conference

The 2005 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference took place at Lisbon, Portugal on 15-17 June 2005 and was organised by the Instituto Superior de Polícia Judiciária e Ciências Criminais.

Preliminary Note

The 2005 Lisbon Conference was the third CEPOL European Police Research & Science Conference to take place. The previous two in 2003 and 2004 showed a strong gap between research and practice. Lack of communication between scientific researchers and police officers could, it seemed, be traced to different kinds of factors, namely the profiles and techniques used to recruit and select trainee police officers and, to some extent, even senior police officers and police trainers or teachers, the training and learning provided by police academies, and the values and techniques used to assess police work, which tended to privilege more the experience and the practical skills of a police officers, rather than the scientific or technical skills.

2005 Conference Objectives

Taking into consideration the lack of communication between scientific researchers and police officers and its possible link to police selection, learning, training and evaluation, CEPOL considered that police researchers and police officers should have a special forum to discuss state-of-the-art in the field of scientific research and scientific assessment in police recruiting, training, learning and evaluation. Consequently the first day of the 2005 Conference was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the role of scientific methodologies and techniques in police selection and recruiting. The second day was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the role of scientific methodologies and techniques in police learning and training. The third day was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of scientific methodologies and techniques that were being used, or that could be used, to assess the medium and long-term organisational and social outcomes of police learning and training.

Keynote Speakers

Sixteen keynote speakers presented at the 2005 Conference. Three from the Netherlands, two from the UK, one from Germany, one from Poland, one from Hungary and eight from the organising country Portugal. The presentations provided very useful information about the scientific research and assessment of police recruiting, training, learning and evaluation in Europe, and supported deep and systematic discussions in the several workshops that were held during the conference.

Participants

Sixty-three participants attended the 2005 conference from 21 different European Union countries (plus one participant from Norway and two from Brazil). All participants were asked to bring systematic and organised information about the role of scientific research and assessment in police recruiting, training, learning and evaluation in their own countries. This contributed to excellent results in the workshops and the conference.

Results

The presentations and the workshop discussions and suggestions showed that science and research still plays a minor role in police recruiting, training, learning and evaluation in most European countries. This is particularly true in what concerns learning and training needs assessment and reaction assessment. However, the conference also helped to highlight that there is valuable research going on and that all European Police organisations could benefit from these results. Most participants agreed that there is no immediate need for standardisation of police training and learning assessment models. However, harmonisation, in terms of learning from each other, seems to be very important and to justify this type of conference.

Suggestions for the Future

The 2005 Conference showed that future conferences could provide a high return on investment, that is, a financial benefit to CEPOL and Police organisations against the expenditure incurred when sending participants. Lessons drawn from the presentations and workshops may actually help to save money in the future, in the sense that they may prevent investments in methodologies or techniques that do not appear to work.

Contact

Office address

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

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest
Pf.314
Hungary

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032