CEPOL - European Police College

07/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/11/2019 10:35

CEPOL presented its Training Needs Analysis on Cross-border Cooperation to Counter Migrant Smuggling at the Law Enforcement Working Party meeting of the Council of the EU

CEPOL contributed to the Working Party meeting by presenting its Training Needs Analysis on Cross-border Cooperation to Counter Migrant Smuggling, a document prepared in response to the request deriving from the EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (COM(2015) 285 final, page 4, paragraph 4)*

The Analysis list out a cross-cutting training needs that require addressing in a tailor-made way towards different professional target groups involved in migrant smuggling investigations and prosecutions. Those key findings include a necessity to train them on awareness of cultural differences, first contact communication, basic profiling skills or document fraud expertise, to name the few.

The report also provides a comprehensive analysis of the training needs for different audiences involved in the area. It points out, i.e. a need for OSINT techniques training for criminal investigators, courses on nationality screening or securing evidence for border guards or more accessible paths for cooperation with financial investigators or asset recovery officers for the judges and prosecutors. It also highlights some neglected areas like training on national legal frameworks of the countries of deployment for immigration liaison officers or profiling skills for VISA and Consular staff.

Good knowledge of English in general and specific legal terminology as well as good knowledge of further relevant foreign languages has also been perceived as persistent and urgent training need across various profiles.

The analysis calls for a more holistic and multidisciplinary approach to training to be applied, as in line with other reports in the area (EU-STNA for example) it states that more and more thematic categories are interlinked, dependant and cannot be treated in silos.

Today's presentation shall allow Member States to feed its findings into the planning of national training curricula for the relevant categories of professionals and help build capacities to address better organised migrant smuggling crimes.

'The Commission, with relevant EU Agencies, in particular CEPOL and Europol, as well as the European Judicial Training Network, will map training needs at EU and national level to enable a better targeting of capacity building. This should include tailor-made training for judiciary, law enforcement, border guards and consulate authorities on cross-border cooperation to counter migrant smuggling. The Fundamental Rights Agency will develop the fundamental rights dimension, in particular as regards the protection of smuggled migrants.'