The Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague
At the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, further education study programmes (conceived as a diversified system of short-term and long-term forms of study) are permanently innovated in connection with the changing needs of civil society, current and long-term security risks, European Union issues, and qualification requirements for police and employees of the department of the Ministry of the Interior.
The lifelong learning programme for members of the Police of the Czech Republic is based on Act No. 361/2003 Coll., on the conditions of service for members of the security corps, and the Policy of Compulsory Lifelong Learning for members and employees of the Police of the Czech Republic and the department of the Ministry of the Interior. The programme ensues from the fact that graduating from selected lifelong learning courses is a prerequisite for being appointed to certain posts. Based on the demand in society, the faculties prepare lifelong learning study programmes so that they respond the needs of experience and allow for qualifications to be improved. This involves an effort to follow on from the experiences of long-term courses in "Economic Crime" and a "Qualification Course for Criminal Science Experts" as well as in an education programme on "Management Methods, Tools and Techniques." These courses are exclusively offered as qualification courses for those who apply for senior positions in the field of crisis management (particularly graduates of other universities) in the security corps, the state administration and local government.
Education in EU countries intended for police officers:
CEPOL - the European Police College - was established in 2005 with a view to educating senior police officers in regard to fighting crime, security and maintaining public law and order. It operates as a working network bringing together national university educational institutions from member states. The CEPOL organisation is integrated into the structures of the European Union and this entity's activities are also financed from its budget. Every year, CEPOL organises 80-100 specialist educational courses, seminars and conferences on the implementation of objectives. The college's supervisory body is the Governing Board, which has established four committees - the Annual Programme Committee, the Budget and Administration Committee, the Training and Research Committee, and the Strategy Committee. The working language is English. A CEPOL National Coordination Office for the Czech Republic has been established at the Ministry of the Interior.
AEPC - the Association of European Police Colleges - was established in 1996 to support the international training of operational and supervisory police forces from European Union member states. Its objective is to ensure optimisation, coordination and cooperation during the training of police officers, the effective use of sources of information, cooperation in research and development, support for joint training programmes and the introduction of modern technologies and training methods.
MEPA - the Central European Police College - was established in 1992. It comprises a total of eight European Union member states and it has been conceived and organised as an international training institution offering further specialist training for police management. The working language is German. The college's main activities are the arrangement and organisation of courses focused on organised crime and border-police issues. Furthermore, it focuses on seminars and short-term placements in police units as well as on the organisation of language courses, the issuance of teaching aids and informational publications whilst using the most modern computer and IT resources.