Alumni meeting for the participants of the Central European Police Academy (CEPA) Organized Crime Courses of the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2014 and 2015

 

At the International Training Centre, the Alumni meeting for the participants of the Central European Police Academy (CEPA) Organised Crime Courses of the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2014 and 2015 took place between 27th September – 1th October 2021; a total of 20 participants had the opportunity to meet again in Budapest.

The event was officially opened by the Hungarian CEPA Board of Trustees member, Brigadier General Dr. István FARKAS, Director of the International Training Centre.

The aims of the seminar were to exchange the latest information on investigative methods and international criminal police cooperation as well as to establish and maintain contacts among the seminar participants.

During the Alumni meeting, there was an excellent seminar atmosphere. The lecturers were mostly participants of the seminar, former Organized Crime Course graduates from different years: the former liaison officer of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA); the colleague who is currently working at Europol; the committed colleague from the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) Saxony; the colleague from the Nuremberg Criminal Police; the colleague from the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) Lower Austria and the colleagues from the Counter-Terrorism Centre  – all of them emphasized the challenges of fighting crime and the necessity of international criminal police cooperation.

Life has changed in recent years because of various measures, we have learned and experienced the term “social distance”. Nevertheless, we humans are fundamentally social beings, so personal contacts should be cultivated, as a psychologist said: “We need contact, we need relationships, and the feeling of belonging to a community.” We are members of the CEPA-family and this week has once again shown us how we live as members of the CEPA-family.

The participants evaluated the seminar as perfectly organized. The participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to spend this week together, they believe that this Alumni meeting was necessary, because the network of the CEPA Organized Crime Course graduates is a particularly efficient form of international criminal police cooperation.

Final week of the 28th Main Course of the CEPA in Budapest

Between 5th and 10th September 2021 the final week of the 28th CEPA main course took place in Budapest with the participation of 21 police officers from the seven member countries. This course was the longest course in the history of CEPA as it started in 2020 and now ended with the handover of the certificates. The course had to be interrupted last year after the fourth week of the course held in Slovenia due to the expansion of the pandemic. The final week in Budapest is a good example of international solidarity, as the three omitted – the Austrian, the Slovak and the Hungarian – course weeks in Budapest were made up by the three countries leeway. The focus of the training was on knowledge of cross-border / international criminal investigation and prevention strategies, including cybercrime, smuggling in human beings, radicalization, violent crime and corruption.

The 28th CEPA Main Course was concluded on September 10th, 2021 with a festive award ceremony in the presence of high-ranking guests from home and abroad. Pol. Major General Dr Zsolt Pozsgai, the Deputy High Commissioner for HR Affairs and Pol. Brigadier General Dr István Farkas, the director of the International Training Center and a member of the CEPA Board of Trustees, handed over the certificates to the course participants for the successful completion of this CEPA training. Mr Vladimir Pocek, the liaison officer of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna, recalled his own experiences as a CEPA graduate and mentioned the important role that the CEPA plays in international police cooperation. The course spokesman, Mr. Yves Vonmoos, spoke in his closing speech about the uniqueness of the training and thanked all of the responsible employees of the CEPA for organizing the course.