2017 CEPOL Research & Science Conference

CEPOL 2017 Research and Science Conference


Implications for practice, education and civil society

Date: 28 – 30 November 2017

Venue: National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

The guiding theme for the 14th edition of the CEPOL Research and Science Conference, jointly organised with the Hungarian National University of Public Service in Budapest, was “Innovation”: how new ideas, technologies, concept - and new forms of crime and deviance - form and shape law enforcement institutions, like police, customs, border guards, prosecution and courts, and their demands for training and education today and in the future.

As before, the CEPOL 2017 Research and Science Conference will convene practitioners in policing and other areas of law enforcement, trainers, educators and scientific scholars from Europe and the international sphere. The roughly 220 participants, mainly from Europe, but also from Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States, attended more than 80 presentations, including poster sessions and practical demonstrations of advanced training hard- and software.

Plenary keynotes were delivered by

Anabela Gago

Anabela Gago

Head of Unit "Innovation and Industry for Security" in DG "Migration and Home Affairs" (DG HOME) at the European Commission

Oldrich Martinu

Oldrich Martinu

Deputy Director Governance of Europol

Sean Malinowski

Marjolijn Bruggeling Joyce

Sean Malinowski

Commander, Chief of Staff at Los Angeles Police

Marjolijn Bruggeling Joyce

Research Associate at California Policy Lab (CPL) and Project Lead at University of Chicago Crime Lab

Marleen Easton

Marleen Easton

Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia and Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Germany

James Sheptycki

James Sheptycki

Professor of Criminology at York University, Toronto, Canada

Believing that law enforcement is a service for and on behalf of the citizens, we continue to publish the outcomes of the CEPOL Research and Science Conferences to facilitate science-based progress in this field of public concern. Where presenters agreed on the publication of their presentation files here at this public webpage, they can be accessed from the list below (alphabetically sorted by first author’s family name).


Otto Adang - Policy Academy, The Netherlands

Babak Akghar - CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, Uniterd Kingdom

Holger Nitsch - University of Applied Sciences for Public Affairs, Germany

José María Blanco - Guardia Civil, Spain

Jéssica Cohen - Spain

Félix Brezo - Spain

Yaiza Rubio - Spain

Ksenija Butorac - Police College, Croatia

Irena Cajner Mraović - Croatia

Mislav Žebec - Croatia

Marielle Chrisment - Gendarmerie, France

László Christián - National University of Public Service, Hungary

Tor Damkaas & Jaishankar Ganapathy - Norwegian Police University College, Norway

Kristina Doa & Aleksandar Vanchoski - Institute for Human Rights, F.Y.R.O.M.

Arne Dormaels - Vias Institute, Belgium

Sander Flight - Sander Flight Onderzoek & Advies, The Netherlands

Jean-Francois Gadeceau - INTERPOL

Thierry Hartmann - French Ministry of Interior, France

Adrian James - University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Philipp Lohrmann - BMT Group, Uniterd Kingdom

Steffi Davey - Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Nelson Macedo da Cruz - Republican National Guard, Portugal

José Fontes - Portugal

Vítor Nogueira - Portugal

Oldrich Martinu - Europol

Antonio Molinaro - Italian Ministry of Interior, Italy

Günther Humer - Province Directorate, Austria

Céline Grassegger - Departmental Directory of the Public Security, France

Katalin Molnár & Erna Uricska - National University of Public Service, Hungary

Sónia Morgado, Ricardo Alves & Manuel Magina da Silva - Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security, Portugal

Markus Naarttijärvi - Umeå University, Sweden

Casimiro Nevado Santano, Silvia Iluminada Ramos Perez - Spanish National Police Force, Spain

Daniel Garnacho, Alvaro Ortigosa - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Holger Nitsch - University of Applied Sciences for Public Affairs, Germany

Kate O'Hara - An Garda Síochána, Ireland

Steve Palmer - University of Regina, Canada

Gregory Krätzig - Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada

Rasha Abdul Rahim - Amnesty International

Vasiliki Romosiou - University of Ioannina, Greece

James Sheptycki - York University, Canada

Tom Sorell - University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Lola Vallés Port, Alicia Moriana & Rob Munro - Institute for Public Security of Catalonia ISPC, Spain

Sirpa Virta & Harri Gustafsberg - University of Tampere, Finland

Additional presentation files are available on the R&S conferences pages of the CEPOL e-Net (registration and approval by CEPOL National or Organisational Units required).

The organisers would like to thank all presenters for their highly appreciated contribution and their commitment to sharing their knowledge and research outcomes.

A Special Conference Edition of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin with extended full papers of the conference contributions is in preparation, and it is due for publication later in the year.


As in tradition, the CEPOL 2017 Research and Science Conference had brought together practitioners in policing and other areas of law enforcement, trainers, educators and leading scientific scholars from Europe and beyond.

The topical focus of the event was on innovations in law enforcement, examined through the lens of scientific research and academic study and looking at the implications from three different angles:

  • from the point of view of the police or law enforcement officers;
  • from the point of view of the teachers, trainers, educators in the law enforcement education systems;
  • from the point of the citizens, who will be subject to and beneficiaries of innovative law enforcement practices.

The conference organisers had invited presentations, preferably based on recent empirical research or academic study, addressing the following areas and lead questions:

  1. Which are the emerging innovations in society that are prompting a response from the law enforcement community, both in terms of adapting strategies and tactics, as well as the law enforcement educational requirements?
  2. What are the expectable implications, benefits, risks or potential ramifications of introducing certain new technologies (gadgets or systems), organisational or operational concepts for doing law enforcement work in a new, innovative manner? Is it different for innovations that are driven or imposed by the outside environment as opposed to those that are emerging from “inside”? Where and when have law enforcement innovations failed and what lessons have been learned so far?
  3. Which educational innovations will have significant impact on the training and education of law enforcement officials on the various levels of the organisations – and why?
  4. Some innovations in law enforcement are received with great sympathy and endorsement, some with lesser enthusiasm by members of the civil society. What has to be taken into account in the management of the innovation process so a particular innovation is not perceived as ineffective, undue, unfair or even illegal? Are there innovative ways to manage a confrontation between the innovators and the preservers?

The two and a half day conference took place in Budapest, generously hosted by the Hungarian National University of Public Service. The organisation relied on its proven format of focusing on professional information exchange and facilitation of networking amongst the participants from different continents, countries and institutions.


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
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