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Security Research Event (SRE)
Supplementary information6 October 2023Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

CEPOL’s enhanced role in EU security research


With transnational serious crime on the rise, it is more important than ever that EU law enforcement officials have training at their disposal to acquire appropriate skills on cooperating with their peers in other Member States and using related EU instruments and tools in an effective manner. The integration of research outcomes into innovative training is part of CEPOL’s efforts to directly increase its impact and efficiency.

The CEPOL strategy 2023-2027 has given the agency a reinforced role in coordination and supporting cooperation with and between relevant stakeholders through networks and mobility programmes involving national law enforcement training institutions. By using its solid network foundation, CEPOL is becoming the EU Law Enforcement Training Hub. Among others, the agency is brokering partnerships and cooperation with research institutes, universities and industry for training development; creating synergies with European research and science projects; developing a repository of research findings and training materials for law enforcement officials; and promoting research into specific criminal phenomena within the law enforcement community.

By leveraging its membership in the EU Innovation Hub for Internal Security, CEPOL monitors research and innovation developments, and structurally ensures a direct correlation between these and law enforcement training with an extended organisational capacity.

Since 2003, the CEPOL Research & Science Conferences provide a stimulating intellectual environment that brings together ideas and perspectives of practitioners, trainers and educators in policing and other areas of law enforcement, with researchers and academic scholars from Europe and the international sphere. The next edition of the Conference is planned for the second half of 2024. Also, in addition to the regular issues of the of the European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, the agency’s flagship publication, new thematic issues will focus on specific crime areas, such as Environmental Crime, with the aim to serve as added-value training manuals for law enforcement higher education programmes.


Publication date
6 October 2023
Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs