CEPOL is an EU agency dedicated to providing training and learning opportunities to law enforcement officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers topics ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques and from EU cooperation to economic crime. Activities are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture. CEPOL’s headquarters are located in Budapest (Hungary) since 1 October 2014.
Council Decision 2005/681/JHA - amended by Regulation (EU) No 543/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council - established CEPOL as an agency of the European Union. The budget of the agency is financed by the European Union.
CEPOL is headed by a director, who is accountable to a Governing Board. The Governing Board is made up of representatives from EU Member States, who are in general directors of national police training institutes. The chair of the Governing Board is a representative of the Member State that holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Governing Board normally meets two times per year. In addition, CEPOL has dedicated national contact points in every Member State to provide information and assistance to police officers who wish to participate in CEPOL’s activities.
CEPOL’s vision is to be acknowledged by agencies and authorities in the law enforcement and educational world as primary source of learning and development in the field of education and training for enhanced cooperation and policing in Europe.
Training activities take place across the EU, mainly implemented by a network of police training colleges. The agency’s annual work programme is built with input from this network and other stakeholders, resulting in topical and focused activities designed to meet the needs of Member States and the overall requirements stemming from the EU internal security strategy.
CEPOL also works with fellow EU agencies, such as EUROPOL, FRONTEX and EUROJUST, as well as other international organisations, such as INTERPOL, to ensure that the most serious security threats are tackled with a collective response.