CEPOL is an agency of the European Union dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials.
Since 1 July 2016, the date of its new legal mandate, CEPOL’s official name is “The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training”.
CEPOL’s headquarters are located in Budapest, Hungary.
CEPOL contributes to a safer Europe by facilitating cooperation and knowledge sharing among law enforcement officials of the EU Member States and to some extent, from third countries, on issues stemming from EU priorities in the field of security; in particular, from the EU Policy Cycle on serious and organised crime.
CEPOL brings together a network of training institutes for law enforcement officials in EU Member States and supports them in providing frontline training on security priorities, law enforcement cooperation and information exchange. CEPOL also works with EU bodies, international organisations, and third countries to ensure that the most serious security threats are tackled with a collective response.
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.
CEPOL’s current portfolio encompasses residential activities, online learning (i.e. webinars, online modules, online courses, etc.), exchange programmes, common curricula, research and science.
In order to ensure that there is effective cooperation between the Cyprus Police Academy and CEPOL the European Union Office was established at the CPA in June 2003. In February 2006 this office was renamed as the “Office for Handling CEPOL issues” and since 1st of July 2016, the date of the new legal mandate of CEPOL, the office was renamed as the “CEPOL National Unit”.