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.

IT FORENSIC training

The “Digital Data Recovery – IT Forensics” training was arranged by the International College of Financial Investigation (ICOFI) in cooperation with the National Tax and Customs Administration between September 16 and 20, 2019.

The 23 participants were colleagues working in this field at law enforcement agencies in 6 European Union countries such as Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and experts of inland and outland IT Forensic companies.

The primary purpose of the 5-day-long training course is to share current knowledge and experience in the rapidly changing environment of their field, and to maintain close cooperation in the future to complement their knowledge and capacity.

The training also included hands-on sessions where participants could try out different data backup methods, software and tools.