Cooperation between Police Academies of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

15/03/2023

A delegation of the Agency for Education and Professional Training  made a return visit to the Police Academy Prvi hrvatski redarstvenik in Zagreb on 7 - 9 March, 2023. The AEPTM delegation members were  Marko Vujević,  Director,  Dunja Galić, Head of Support Services Office and Jelena Pupić, Head of Department of Legal Affairs and Human Resources.

The leading representatives of the Zagreb Academy, headed by Josip Čelić, the Police Academy Director, presented  the departments of the Academy that was founded as an educational centre in the 70s. The Police Academy, operating today as an organisational unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, is a specialized institution that organizes and conducts basic police training courses for future police officers, including trainings for students  and specialized trainings for police officers and interns.The Police Academy consists of the Criminal Investigation and Public Security College, Police School 'Josip Jović', Department of Lifelong Education, Police Education Development and International Cooperation Department, Centre for training of guide dogs and police dogs, Library and Publishing Office with the Police Museum, the Department for Coordination and Implemenation of Projects and Research, and Police Training Department.

The cooperation between these two institutions has been manifested in the implementation of trainings, which make part of the project 'Joint capacity building efforts – Protection of borders with respect for human rights', for police officers of the Border Police of BiH. With the Police School Slupsk and Lithuanian Police School, our Agency is one of the partners to the Police Academy Prvi hrvatski redarstvenik in a project planned to be applied for as part of the Partnership for Cooperation Erasmus Project (key actiion 2).

The representatives of our Agency showed  a special interest in the professional training and development programmes implemented by the Department of Lifelong Education of the Zagreb Academy and considered the possibilities to include the AEPTM lecturers and instructors in the future education programmes. With their Croatian colleagies they talked how to expand the cooperation in the project 'Joint capacity building efforts – Protection of borders with respect for human rights', which the Police Academy has been implementing with the German Federal Police Academy for police officers of the countries situated on the Western Balkan route. One of the future training courses within that project will be organized for members of the Border Police of BiH in the Agency in Mostar. With an andragogy workshop planned to be organized for lecturers and instructors of AEPTM, the Zagreb Police Academy will provide assistance to AEPTM in developing the e-learning platform and implementing the information and communication technologies in the educational process. The talks with the Head of Police Museum were about organizing an exhibition (Ljepota lažnog sjaja) in Mostar, including lectures and exchange of library holdings.

'The cooperation with the Agency for Education and Professional Training is very important to us and we are determined to improve it“, stated Josip Ćelić, Head of the Police Academy, while Marko Vujević, Director of AEPTM came up with a proposal to sign a Memorandum of Consent, to work out the announced  joint activities in more detail, as an incentive to the future cooperation.