Due to the sensitive nature of project main results, they are available on request and evaluation sent to the project coordinator. Description of project results:
O1: Training needs analysis report
The report is based on responses of target group from Polish, Belgian and Cypriot regular police officers. Additionally, “specialist questionaries’ (covering CBRN specific scenarios) were filled in by policeman selected at various level of responsibility – operational, tactical and strategic. The report includes also information about gaps in knowledge and skills, as well as national procedures, of police officers required for conducting duties related to CBRN incidents. It defines the range of CBRN knowledge and skills needed for police patrol units that allow them to carry on their duties at acceptable risk level despite of hazardous external conditions. The report contains the data gathered from the questionnaire surveys (550 responses) and desk research with information about police basic and specialist training programs, police CBRN procedure and regulations as well as other relevant legal acts conducted by the project partners. The report is available in English and Polish.
O2: Good practice and partners capabilities report
The aim of that document is to collect descriptions of the capabilities, equipment, procedures, schemes of action, methodology of factors analysis, certification, training and education materials or practices applied in partners’ institutions as well as other relevant institutions in Poland, Belgium and Cyprus. The report describes project partners and associated institutions. These institutions represent various types with expertise or technical capacity that would be applicable in preparing and deploying the course.
Research and training centres: University of Lodz, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection (POLAND), SCK CEN (BELGIUM), Industrial Chemistry Research Institute (POLAND), Police Training Center in Legionowo (POLand), CARDET (Cyprus), The Police Academy in Szczytno (Poland), Campus Vesta (Belgium), Practitioners (Police or other services): ANTI-TERRORIST OPERATIONS BUREAU POLICE HQ (BOA KGP) (POLAND), Antwerp Local Police, Cyprus Police, Crisis Management Center of Warsaw, Firefighters and crisis management center in Antwerp, Firefighting and rescue unit in Warsaw (JRG 6 PSP) (Poland).
O3: CBRN course curriculum
The curriculum addresses the result of training needs analysis in Poland, Belgium and Cyprus. Experts came to a conclusion that the course should mainly equip police offices in knowledge/ skills that will allow them to identify the threat, assessment of the risks and protect themselves and people in the area of the threat. The course curriculum was constructed in an innovative way and divided into 4 parts:
– Knowledge part,
– Reporting part,
– Action on the scene part,
– Practical part.
Each part consists of teaching modules (14 in total) e.g.: situation assessment, protection. Each module is further explained in details through subject sheets. The sheets ware composed in a way to enable future trainers to successfully implement course structure and convey to policeman all relevant knowledge/ skills. The course curriculum is very comprehensive, yet thanks to its module structure, it can be easily adjusted to need of a specific country of European Union (e.g.: in Belgium it is an army not the Police that acts in case potential bomb detection).
The course curriculum was a basis for elaboration of IO4 and IO5, which structure are compatible with the curriculum. The course curriculum is available in Polish, English, Greek, French, German.
IO4: Trainers Handbook
Handbook for trainers contains an introduction to learning techniques and method of efficient transferring of information by trainers. It includes a number of “potential” scenarios of attacks using CBRN materials that will be used to conduct TTX (table top exercises) with training participants. In addition, it contains instructions for conducting practical field exercises for officers. The trainer’s handbook is a tool necessary for trainers for conducting the courses according to the curriculum (IO3). The trainer handbook is available in Polish, English, Greek, German, French.
IO5: Students Handbook
Student handbook was developed in such a way that the trainees could get as much theoretical information as possible under the so-called self-education, as the availability of time for the training is limited and depends on the country as well as the status of the given police units. This handbook was created as a compendium of knowledge for officers in the field of CBRN, personal protection and decontamination. It also included procedures and diagrams regarding officer’s duties at the CBRN incident, including forms for interviewing a witness as well as a description of the incident site, necessary for proper identification and reporting. The student handbook is available in Polish, English, Greek, German, French.
IO6: Set of 3 instructing brochures
Instructional brochures complement the training program, aimed at presenting ways of responding to CBRN threats. There are: one brochure with a full general scheme of actions at the scene of the accident which is the basis for proper conduct at the CBRN incident and two brochures presenting how to behave at the CBRN site. Brochures are available in Polish, English, Greek, German and French.
IO7: 7 instructing videos
Videos – depicted appropriate reactions to chemical, biological and radiological hazards, as well as the decontamination procedure. During the implementation of the project it was decided that this way of transferring information is very efficient in the officers training system so that more films were created than originally planned (7 instead of 3). The themes of films are: – the basis for on-site recognition; – personal protective equipment; – decontamination procedures; – response to biological threat (dangerous shipment); – response to chemical threat (hidden production site); – response to a radiological emergency (traffic accident and hidden storage place). Videos are available with Polish and English subtitles.
IO8: Guidelines for trainers selection
It is recommended that the trainers should present specific virtues, exceeding in certain domains the average of the general course attendees. For that reason, trainers’ selection requires establishing recommendation for skills, knowledge and attitude to be considered in the trainers’ selection process. The document is helpful for stakeholders who will adopt the training curriculum and educational materials to their own CBRN courses. The guidelines of training selection will help these organizations in proper selection of trainers to adopted CBRN course.
Report of the study visit in Belgium and Poland