The Garda Training College in Templemore is a serious front runner in the race to become the base for CEPOL, the European Police College, from 2014 when the contract for it’s current base in the UK expires.
The potentially lucrative coup would see hundreds of police offers from all over the EU arriving in Templemore to undertake personal development, co-operative and best practice courses and lectures. Up to 100 courses per annum are held by CEPOL and the Tipperary Star understands that the Garda Training facility would have all the necessary infrastructure and accommodational requirements necessary.
CEPOL is a European Union (EU) Agency, established in 2005 with a mission to bring together senior police officers from police forces in Europe - essentially to support the development of a network - and encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, public security and law and order by organising training activities and research findings.
The agency has been based in Bramshill, Hampshire, England but the lease is due to expire in March 2014. Four other countries have also applied to house the agency which has, at present, a Secretariat staff of 30 working in two departments - the Learning Science Research and Development Department, and the Corporate Services Department.
North Tipp Deputy Noel Coonan welcomed the news. “Minister Shatter has submitted an application for CEPOL to relocate to Templemore Garda College.I understand four other countries have also applied for tenancy and I am hopeful that CEPOL will seriously consider my colleague’s proposal.”
CEPOL in Templemore and the return to the College of Garda recruits in 2014 would represent major boosts to the social and economic vibrancy of the town and it’s surrounds.