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The Netherlands Police Academy and the international stage 

Police work is always subject to change. Because of digitalisation, cybercrime, and migration, for example. But changes also come about through treaties between countries, terrorism, or the import and export of drugs. That is why changes in the Netherlands and on the international level have an impact.  

The Netherlands Police Academy has the knowledge to deal with these international changes. We also have a network with which we collaborate and share knowledge, both in the Netherlands and internationally. This allows us to ensure that the education and our knowledge are up-to-date and meaningful.  

International police education 

Part of police education concerns how the Netherlands Police cooperate with other countries. But subjects beyond our country’s borders are also addressed in the courses, including cross-border policing, European policing, and international laws and regulations. Dutch and foreign students may also attend an international week at the Netherlands Police Academy.  

Knowledge and research 

The Netherlands Police Academy also uses studies and insights from abroad. Conversely, our research helps raise the quality of police work in other countries. We are building and maintaining an international network.   

International Cooperation 

The Netherlands Police Academy adapts to international developments. We have strategic collaborations with international partners that provide added value for education, knowledge, or research.  

We attach great importance to cooperation with other European police academies. We in this context cooperate with, among others, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) and the international network Association of European Police Colleges (AEPC).  

The International Cooperation Department at the Netherlands Police Academy features the CEPOL National Unit. It provides information on CEPOL training, the exchange programme and participation in training courses. This is also the place to go if you work for Customs, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) or the Tax Administration. 

International courses 

Police Education Below Sea level 

The Netherlands Police Academy organises the 'Police Education Below Sea level' course specifically for foreign police academies or police organisations. The 'Police Education Below Sea Level' course takes a week, in which we invite these organisations to the Netherlands. They are introduced to our police education. During this week, they learn about basic and specialist police education. We do this by making several presentations. We also discuss knowledge and research and explain how we develop new education and make use of it. We share our knowledge, and in so doing, we also strengthen our international relationships.  

Police Officers and staff of the Netherlands Police Academy can also take international courses through Erasmus+ and CEPOL. 


You can participate in the Erasmus+ programme as an undergraduate student or as an instructor at the Netherlands Police Academy. You can also follow minor abroad via this programme, work for a certain period of time in another European country, or teach at another European educational institution.  

Under the Erasmus+ umbrella, the Netherlands Police Academy partners up with: 

  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Preston (UK)
  • Academy of Security Sciences Talinn (Estonia)
  • Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (Germany)
  • Academy of the Police Force Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • University of Derby (UK)
  • National University of Public Service Budapest (Hungary)
  • Police Academy Szczytno (Poland)
  • Police University College Finland (Finland)
  • Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Norwegian Police University College  

More information on the Erasmus+ programme can be found here. Do you want to join a programme? Contact us.

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) 

CEPOL develops and organises training for police staff in Europe. The training courses are also open to other organisations involved in law enforcement.  

CEPOL's offerings include training courses, online courses, and webinars. It also features an exchange programme and provides knowledge and research. You can find an overview of all the courses here.  

Who can participate? 

One person per Member State may participate in CEPOL training. In the Netherlands, this person can work at any of the law enforcement organisations, including the Netherlands Police, Kmar, or Customs. That is why there is a strict selection process.   

Any questions? Contact us via email

Association of European Police Colleges (AEPC) 

The AEPC is a network of all police education organisations in Europe. The Netherlands Police Academy organises educational activities through this network organisation. It also helps us maintain contact with police education organisations outside the European Union.  

Other courses 

International courses on special topics are regularly offered by EUROPOL, INTERPOL, and various countries.  

For more information contact Siri.

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