The opening ceremony of CEPOL’s international conference was held in the chapel of the Ludovika Campus where Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis welcomed the guests on behalf of the university. In his welcome speech he reminded the audience of the university’s comprehensive approach and integrated view of public service training. The Vice-Rector emphasized that nowadays we can witness several trends that pose challenges for law enforcement. These trends include globalization and the increasing complexity of security challenges, although it should be noted that both phenomena appear in parallel to mankind’s history and through mankind’s activity.
According to the Vice-Rector, the main challenges ahead of the law enforcement training system are revealed in the dimension of learning and teaching, therefore, it is a crucial question what set of skills do future law enforcement experts require to answer challenges, and what and how they should learn. The exchange of experience and knowledge is important in this regard, for which this international event offers and excellent opportunity.
Representing the Ministry of Interior, Dr. János Szacsúri, Head of the Department of European Cooperation, welcomed the participants of the conference. Mr. Szacsúri reminded that setting the location of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training in 2014 to Budapest was a sign of recognition to Hungary’s law enforcement. He reconfirmed that globalization poses several challenges for European countries. The conference is a great occasion to share training practices, to increase the related knowledge-base and to broaden individual professional relations. The latter is very important, since strategic approach in itself is not enough: it is the law enforcement officials and researchers on the ground whose activity really matter as Mr. Szacsúri emphasized.
In his keynote speech, CEPOL Director Dr. Ferenc Bánfi highlighted that the globalization of crime and terrorism, as well as the necessity of cross-border cooperation are not new, and that certain trends become obvious over time. However, it is a crucial factor when the appearance of a given trend is a subject of awareness. It is also an important question what exactly we mean by the globalization of law enforcement training. CEPOL would like to establish a global platform in this regard.
The Director of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training explained that from this year CEPOL will not only intend to participate in the training of senior law enforcement officers but in that of the entire law enforcement community. He added that a common European law enforcement culture is needed: we need trust and commonly accepted and followed values – including the respect of human rights – that enable us to work together. While providing a thorough view of CEPOL’s activities, the Director recalled the first joint European master course which builds on an international consortium overarching 13 EU member states and has 27 students at the moment with the first graduation expected in October 2017. In addition, the number of law enforcement experts participating in various forms of CEPOL’s trainings has multiplied since 2009 in a way that the quality of these trainings continued to be at a high standard.
CEPOL’s 13th international conference is hosted by the National University of Public Service between 5 and 7 October 2016. The events parallel sections welcome speakers from all around the world – from South America to Europe and East Asia – and nearly 200 participants.
The National University of Public Service (NUPS) will join the European law enforcement leadership training programme announced by the European Police College (CEPOL). Accordingly, the two institutions have signed an agreement at the centre of CEPOL in Budapest.
Police Brigadier General Dr. Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS and signatory of the agreement on behalf of the university reminded that one of the main strategic goals of NUPS is internationalization. He added that CEPOL’s training programme – consisting of seven modules and to be initiated in September 2015 – is related to the Master level law enforcement training at NUPS.
The European Police College programme receives one participant from each EU member state and offers a Master in European law enforcement. NUPS is not only involved in this programme through the Faculty of Law Enforcement but would also rely on the contribution of lecturers from the Faculty of Public Administration and the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training.
The European Police College is the first EU institution the centre of which has moved to Budapest. Focusing primarily on organizing education, CEPOL synchronizes trainings and provides the prerequisites of harmonization. In addition, it supports the further training of law enforcement officers within EU member states’ respective law enforcement leaderships first and foremost in the area of crime prevention, the fight against organized crime and the protection of public order.