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.