CEPOL is an agency of the European Union dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials. It was established in a form of a network on 1 January 2001 in virtue of the decision (2000/820/JHA of 22 December 2000) of the Council of the European Union, then became an EU agency on the basis of a decision (2005/681/JHA), which was adopted in 2005. Since 1 July 2016, the date of its new legal mandate, CEPOL’s official name is “The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training”. The center of the CEPOL has been working in Budapest since October 2014.
The CEPOL is an organization, operating in the form of a network, and it is composed of the members of the European Union, the associated and the acceding countries. CEPOL is headed by an Executive Director, who is accountable to a Management Board. The Management Board is made up of representatives from EU Member States and the EU Commission. The chair of the Management Board is a representative of one of the three Member States that have jointly prepared the Council of the European Union’s 18-month programme. The Management Board meets at least two times per year. In addition, CEPOL has dedicated National Units (CNUs) in every Member State to provide information and assistance to law enforcement officials who wish to participate in CEPOL’s activities. CNUs also support CEPOL’s operations. Its target group contains the officials working on the field of law enforcement, furthermore its main objective is the training of the experts in the member states and the shaping of the European approach, sharing of knowledge in the light of EU security priorities. CEPOL’s main task is to develop and organize the trainings, or rather to spread the best experiences and research results. Also an important priority is the operation of the electronic network (E-NET, LMS, E-Library).
Topics of the courses:
- Civil Crisis Management
- EU Police Mission Planning
- Joint Investigation Teams
- Police cooperation and Europol
- Trafficking in human beings
- Drug trafficking
- Intelligence Led Policing
- Illegal migration and border surveillance
- Civilian crisis situations and international disaster management
- Protection of Public Order and Herd Management
- Strategic management for senior police officers
- High-tech and internet crime
- Terrorism and Organized Crime