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Stockholm Programme and Its Relevance for European Police Education

NCJ Number
Internal Security Volume: 2 Issue: 2 Dated: July-December 2010 Pages: 81-86
Michiel Holtackers
Date Published
December 2010
6 pages
This article discusses the Stockholm Program and higher police education.
The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice is a precondition for the functioning of the single market in Europe. Any menace of the market will directly jeopardize the quality of life of European citizens. Providing security and safety is not exclusively a responsibility for nations any more. Fighting typical cross-border crime requires an international approach in which member states of the EU must work together. Therefore the European dimension in policing should have a sound position in national police training programs. This article makes a case, based on four separate arguments, for adhering a more prominent position in higher European police education to the policymaking process and content of the Stockholm Program. As has become apparent from learning activities from the European Police College (CEPOL) and the Association of European Police Colleges (AEPC), the Stockholm program offers an excellent learning tool because of the several concrete examples which allow a deepening of our understanding of police and judicial co-operation. In particular the Stockholm program offers excellent opportunities to explore and to get familiar to the principle of availability, the principal of mutual recognition, the principle of subsidiary related to the international dimension and finally the importance of human rights in the security policy. (Published Abstract)