2021 CEPOL Research & Science Conference

CEPOL Research and Science Conference 2021

Pandemic Effects on Law Enforcement Training & Practice:

Taking early stock from a research perspective

Date: 5 – 7 May 2021

Venue: Online

CEPOL will have the honour to organise the CEPOL Research & Science Conference in partnership with Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) and for the first time in its history, the Conference will be hosted exclusively online.

Τhe topic for this year could be no other than ‘Pandemic Effects on Law Enforcement Training & Practice: Taking early stock from a research perspective’.

The emergence of the Coronavirus and its pandemic spread across the globe has had a dramatic effect not only on the daily routines of citizens in general, but also on the work of police and other law enforcement bodies and officials in particular. As disruption hit manifold areas of social and business-life, those put in charge of upholding the law and security had to constantly adapt their institutional resources and practices to new and frequently changing regulations introduced to curb the spread of the pandemic disease. The policing of curfew orders, “social distancing” rules or the compliance with wearing obligatory face-masks have become unusual areas of law enforcement attention and were raised as a topic of public scrutiny and debate in many European countries. At the very time when police and other law enforcement bodies had to quickly restructure and re-configure their resources, the opportunity structures for a broad spectrum of criminal offences changed and even became more inviting.

The pandemic crisis has been a challenging new reality for law enforcement bodies and officials across Europe in varying and fluctuating degrees for almost a full year. Decisions had to be taken, experiences have been made institutionally, collectively and on the individual officer’s level, and (first) lessons have been learned about policing and enforcing the law in pandemic times.

Concerned specifically with the professional continuous learning of law enforcement officials in Europe and with the transfer of scientific evidence- and research-based insights and findings from the academic to the professional sphere, CEPOL invites contributions to its online conference event, based on empirical studies on a variety of aspects and topics of policing and enforcing the law during the pandemic crisis and beyond.

Conference schedule

For the detailed conference schedule please visit the conference website.

Registration to the conference

CEPOL Research and Science Conference is open to all practitioners from European law enforcement forces and institutions, as well as affiliated postgraduate researchers and academic scholars.


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Call for papers and submissions

Submissions will be processed by the Programme Committee and presenters will be informed about acceptance in due time. Upon acceptance, authors will be offered the opportunity to have their final papers published in the Special Conference Edition Issue Nr. 5 of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, CEPOL’s peer-reviewed, open-access scientific online publication.

CEPOL Research and Science Conferences

Since 2003, the CEPOL Research & Science Conferences provide a stimulating intellectual environment that brings together ideas and perspectives of practitioners, trainers and educators in policing and other areas of law enforcement, with researchers and academic scholars from Europe and the international sphere. Participants of this forum can inform and be informed about new scientific findings, ongoing research projects and challenges for police and policing. Papers discussed during CEPOL Research and Science Conferences are published in a special Conference edition, so that ideas and knowledge can be shared within the law enforcement community, fostering and facilitating broader discussions and becoming a source of inspiration for the future.


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