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Development of CBRN training programme for police officers

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials have numerous legitimate uses in the modern society. Terrorist activities involving the use of CBRN materials constitutes a new threat that the European public must consider and the risk of using CBRN materials as a tool has evoked an urgent need for undertaking numerous countermeasures. Police officers from local patrol units are most frequently those responders who arrive to the action scene first. While police provides training for conducting operations in CBRN environment to special anti-terrorism units, those units arrive at the scene of action later. Thus, the training for patrol units is missing or marginal, while indeed regular policemen need extended knowledge and skills in CBRN issues.

Taking into account this reality, CARDET participates in the 3-year European project CBRN-POL whose general aim is to create a modern, multidisciplinary CBRN training curriculum and training educational materials, especially developed for police officers. A multidisciplinary team of experienced specialists from 5 organisations in Poland, Belgium and Cyprus – representing various fields of expertise in all CBRN aspects and educational methodology field, will share their experiences and transmit professional knowledge of CBRN risks and their mitigation in a train-the-trainers dedicated curriculum. Most importantly, the project aims to transfer knowledge and skills to a selected group of police officers through the curriculum’s pilot testing. In turn, the police officers will conduct future courses (based on the developed curriculum and educational materials) in police training centres.

Hence, the scope of the educational programme will meet the demand for safe, responsible and effective behaviour of police officers on scene of intentionally induced incident involving CBRN materials. Overall, through the CBRN-POL project, the consortium aspires to increase the capacity of police officers for detection, management of crisis and mitigation of CBRN risks not only in the partner countries but also in other member stated of the European Union.

For more info visit the project website at www.cbrn-pol.uni.lodz.pl

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein [Project N° 2016-1-PL01-KA202-026417]