Raising international police cooperation awareness of Kosovo Police

25 August 2016

Since April 2015 EULEX International Police Cooperation Unit (IPCU) has delivered to Kosovo Police International Law Enforcement Cooperation Unit (KP ILECU) staff numerous practical on-site trainings concerning Interpol rules and regulations from routine practical working perspective. 

EULEX International Police Cooperation Unit organised a four-day training seminar for Kosovo Police on international police cooperation. Specialized training, held on 22-25 August, was focused on enhancing the performance of the Kosovo Police International Law Enforcement Coordination Unit (KP ILECU) and raising the awareness of specialized Kosovo Police (KP) investigative units. Two senior external consultants, specialised in Interpol and EUROPOL standards, conducted the training seminar, sharing their personal experiences and best European practice in delivering international cooperation in pre-trial investigation of criminal cases. 

Since Kosovo Police is not yet a member of any international police cooperation organizations, their duties related to the international police cooperation are facilitated by UNMIK Interpol Liaison Office and European Union Office of Criminal Intelligence (EUOCI) and International Police Cooperation Unit (IPCU) within EULEX.  In the future, after becoming a full member of INTERPOL and EUROPOL, the International Law Enforcement Coordination Unit within Kosovo Police will  resume also the duties of competency center. 

As a result of this training seminar, all participants are now fully aware of  international police cooperation bodies’ standards, rules and regulations and have the knowledge of the different channels and instruments to be used when they are involved in international police cooperation.

The training seminar brought together a total of forty six participants from KP ILECU and investigative units marking another successful cooperation between the two organisations. EULEX external experts also produced a manual on international police cooperation bodies, standards, rules and regulations which can prove helpful to the police officers while carrying out their duties.

The four day training seminar was concluded with the certificate award ceremony during which the Head of Executive Criminal Investigation Department, Gabrielle Sbano thanked trainers for their valuable contribution and presented certificates to all participants.