CEPOL Research and Science Conference

CEPOL 2016 Annual Police Research and Science Conference

Global trends in law enforcement training and education

in the co-organisation of the European Police College (CEPOL) and the National University of Public Service


Date: 5 – 7 October 2016

Venue: National University of Public Service, Ludovika square 2, Budapest, Hungary



The world of the early 21st century is truly a globalised world, due to world-spanning transport, communication and travel: goods, ideas and cultures are now shared more widely than ever before in human history. Cross-border financial investment and economic interdependence has become the normality, as well as continuous migration. Terrorism, cybercrime, financial fraud, organised criminal networks smuggling illicit drugs, firearms or people across international and global borders – there is an undeniable darker side to globalisation.

Globalisation of crime – or simply global crime – has been high on the agenda of governments, law enforcement institutions and academic scholarship for more than a decade. While there is an extensive body of analytic literature and practical guidance, less attention has been paid to the aspect of training and education of law enforcement staff and leaders in view of the process of globalisation and the global dimension of criminal acts.

The 2016 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will put the focus on global trends in law enforcement training and education raising key questions under the following perspectives:

- Is more, better, innovative training of police officers, border guards or customs agents a crucial part of the answer to the challenge of globalised crime?

- Is law enforcement education ready for tackling crime on local, national, global level effectively?

- How can internal and external scientific research efforts facilitate in improving training and education of law enforcement?

- What are the major (new) trends in the training and/or education of law enforcement staff (on various hierarchy and specialisation levels) in various parts of the world and from the viewpoint of global or international organisation?

- What are the factors leading to innovation and evolution in law enforcement training and education? Or hampering it?

- Need reform and innovation of law enforcement training and education be thought from the top of hierarchy, or is there demand voiced by rank and file officers as well?

- In what way has scientific research contributed so far – nationally or internationally – to define the relevant questions for empirical research or to deliver research-based answers to deal with the issues raised?

Conference Aim

For the 13th time, the CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will be a platform for law enforcement officers in leading positions, police educators and trainers, as well as distinguished academic scholars and researchers for exchanging (new) research findings, educational ideas and concepts as well as for engaging in a professional and informed discussion around issues of police science, research and education.

Global trends can only be defined from an international perspective - the development and progress of scientifically sound research informing and shaping law enforcement practice or education varies across countries and forces in Europe and worldwide. Thus the organisers are seeking input from a wide circle of international institutions, countries and research projects. Not only shall the variations in training and education be addressed by the contributions to the conference but also similarities, best practices, chances and possible limitations of “global trends in law enforcement training and education”.

As in earlier CEPOL Research and Science Conference events, there will be a strong emphasis on creating dialogue and interaction among the speakers and participants.

In the course of the conference, keynotes, parallel sessions and open paper workshops will allow the presentation and discussion of institutional approaches and experiences, as well as of research projects and findings. In particular the open workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss theoretical and practical research problems, as well as European and international networking.


Key contributors

Dr. Ferenc Bánfi, CEPOL

Prof. Tore Bjørgo, National Police University College (Norway)

Haim Blumenfeld, Police College (Israel)

Prof. Ben Bowling, King's College University (United Kingdom)

Prof. em. Gary Cordner, Kutztown University (USA)

Prof. Monica den Boer, The Netherlands

Prof. Maria Haberfeld, John Jay College (USA)

Tofik Murshudlu, UNODC

Prof. Betsy Stanko, United Kingdom

Prof. Elrena Van der Spuy, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Guy Vinet, OSCE

Rob Wainwright, EUROPOL

Matthias Zeiser, German Police University (Germany)


How to participate

The conference is open for delegates from CEPOL Member States as well as for law enforcement officials and academic scholars from inside or outside the European Union. Attendance at the conference is subject to prior pre-registration and acceptance by the organisers. Specific conditions apply to invited speakers and delegates from the CEPOL network.



Academic scholars, delegates from institutions and bodies not affiliated to CEPOL, as well as officers and officials from outside the EU and from overseas are kindly requested to pre-register by completing the online application form for external participants here:

Registration online form

Once accepted, participants will receive the registration form. The capacity of the conference is limited and the organisers recommend to apply for registrations early.



External participants have to pay a registration fee according to the chosen package:

  • “Conference” 72 EUR (conference material, buffet lunches and coffee break refreshments)
  • “Conference & Dinners” 120 EUR (Conference pack plus two dinners on the 5th and 6th)
  • “Conference Comfort” 350 EUR (meals plus three night accommodation at a 4* hotel in Budapest)

Important dates

28 August – deadline for “conference comfort pack” registrations

05 September – first draft of the conference programme

15 September – deadline for registrations of  "Conference" and "Conference & Dinner" packages

30 September – final version of the conference programme


Main contacts

Regarding organisational and professional inquiries please send an e-mail to: Conference2016@cepol.europa.eu.

Questions regarding regsitration fees and payment methods can be sent to: nups.international@uni-nke.hu.


Key Contributors

Key contributions by high-profile experts and practitioners are expected from: