From the 6th-10th of March in Antwerp, Belgium, the first study visit of the ERASMUS+ project ‘Development of CBRN training programme for police officers (CBRN-POL)’ was held by the Studie centrum voor Kernenergie/Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN). Participants included representatives of:
- The University of Lodz, Poland
- The Execution Department of the Warsaw Police Headquarters, Poland
- The Bureau of Counter-terrorist Operations of the Polish National Police Headquarters, Poland
- The Police Training Centre in Legionowo, Poland
- The Industrial Chemistry Research Institute in Warsaw, Poland
- The Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology (CARDET), Cyprus
The study visit had an international character and was conducted to facilitate exchange of good practices between each partner’s CBRN experts. During this short term event, experts from all of the partner organizations were acquainted with the capacity, expertise and knowledge of such institutions as the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), the Antwerp Local Police, the Antwerp Fire Department, and Campus Vesta (Police, Fire, Rescue and Paramedic School).
The impact of the meeting was to raise its participants’ awareness, knowledge and skills in the field of CBRN threat management, and helped create project outputs and improve all of the partners’ competences. The ultimate goal was to enable each partner to present its technical background and procedures used in its work with CBRN materials and responses to associated threats.
During this visit, Antwerp’s mayor Bart de Wever, Chief of Police Serge Muyters and Frank Hardeman, the Deputy Director General of SCK•CEN, all signed a cooperation agreement to include the Antwerp police force in CBRN-POL project activities.
You can find more information in a report on the visit here.