The European Police College (CEPOL) was established in 2005 to provide state of the art training and education in law enforcement. CEPOL brings together senior police officers from across Europe for training activities and research, contributing to cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, public security and law and order. CEPOL relies on a strong network of national police forces and training colleges that actively support and participate in the training and research activities. Prospex was awarded a tender to conduct an independent evaluation of how CEPOL engages its key stakeholders in the network and also with other EU agencies and associate countries.
Prospex presented the results of the stakeholder survey to the CEPOL Governing Board meeting in Vilnius, hosted by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Key findings of the survey highlighted the critical role of CEPOL in combatting cross-border crime in Europe and helping shape a common culture of policing. CEPOL training, e-learning and exchange programmes are highly valued by stakeholders,
reinforced by the professionalism and dedication of staff. However, stakeholders also pointed to rapid changes in law enforcement practice including cyber-crime, collaboration with the private sector, language barriers and the on-going challenge of ensuring the relevance of law enforcement training to the actual needs of the police.