EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson met with EuroCOP President Angels Bosch, and Vice President Calum Steele yesterday (14th July)
At the inaugural meeting, Commissioner Johansson expressed the view that she was interested in providing more capacity to CEPOL to become a leading voice in building a common culture for EU Policing.
There were discussions around the use of force, and the recently published document relating to the European human rights monitoring body of the Council of Europe, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), which has issued a warning against racial profiling in policing.
Angels and Calum were able to express the concerns of EuroCOP around these issues, and the current perception that the policing profession as a whole is under intense condemnation because of the actions of a few.
The meeting provided EuroCOP with an opportunity to raise issues and concerns about the practicalities and operational challenges police officers across the European landscape are facing on a daily basis, directly at the highest strategic level .
Head of Office Nigel Dennis said the meeting also provided EuroCOP with the opportunity to build relationships with the Commissioners Cabinet to work together for a common goal.