As an agency of the European Union (EU), CEPOL’s mission is to bring together senior police officers from police forces in Europe – essentially to support the development of a network – and encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, maintenance of public security and law and order by organising training activities and research findings.
CEPOL organises between 80-100 courses, seminars and conferences a year on key topics relevant to all police forces in Europe. The implementation of the activities takes place at the National Police Training colleges of the Member States.
CEPOL essentially operates as a network and therefore the roles and responsibilities within the network are varied.
The CEPOL Governing Board is made up of representatives from the EU Member States, usually the Directors of the National Police Training colleges. Each delegation has one voting member. The Chair of the Governing Board (Mr Joergen Harlev, Denmark, January – June 2012) is a representative of the Member State holding the Presidency of the European Union. The Governing Board usually meets four times a year and is responsible for driving CEPOL’s strategy and for making decisions.