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International cooperation

Police work is increasingly being influenced by the progressive internationalization of our society. The Police Academy has therefore decided to include this trend in its educational and knowledge products. The international dimension of police training and knowledge are systematically traced and processed. Cross-border police operations, European policing and international laws and regulations are examples of subjects that have been added to the curriculum in recent years.
The Police Academy also plays an active role in implementing bilateral, European and international programmes, set up under the terms of agreements made between the Netherlands and other European member states as well as countries outside the EU.

The Police Academy not only works with the individual police forces, but also increasingly with partners in the safety network and in education. These collaborative relationships contribute towards the inspiring learning environment that the Police Academy aspires to be. The cooperation is also geared towards knowledge exchange and provides the necessary, social context for police training.

International courses and training

The Police Academy enables police officers from abroad to take part in courses and training programmes, with courses being offered in English. Examples include the International Masterclass and Introduction to Police Education Below Sea Level (an introductory course focusing on the Dutch police training system).



CEPOL is The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, an EU agency that provides training and learning opportunities to law enforcement officers on issues vital to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Training covers topics ranging from leadership to law enforcement techniques and from EU cooperation to counter terrorism and migration issues. Activities are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and good practices and to contribute to the development of a common European law enforcement culture.
The CEPOL National Unit (CNU) for the Netherlands, which is located in the Staff International Cooperations of the Police Academy, coordinates and supports all activities organized within the scope of the CEPOL network. The Police Academy represents the Netherlands in the Board of CEPOL. More information:

The Police Academy contributes to the (international) provision of training and knowledge, whether or not this is implemented under the leadership of the Association of European Police Colleges (AEPC) or The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL). In addition, the Police Academy is involved in setting up training programs and courses resulting from various projects relating to bilateral European police cooperation. Examples are the activities associated with peace missions, activities arising from the new police cooperation treaties with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, de cooperation within masters program of the Norwegian Police College University and the organization of educational visits and exchanges. For the coordinators of international relations in the police regions, the Police Academy organizes educational visits to international organisations lasting several days. For more information on international joint ventures and internationalization: