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Across Europe, there are a variety of challenges linked to the training and education of prison officers. They often lack proper initial and continuous training, and in the EU there are big differences in training policies and practices, which can inhibit the development and mobility of professionals between Member States and hinder the implementation of Framework decisions on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to judgments in criminal matters. Moreover, recruitment and selection processes are different in every member state; initial training, learning outcomes, qualifications and length of training can be very different between jurisdictions as well. Thus, PO21 seeks to fill the gaps and divergences mentioned by identifying existing and emerging skill needs within prison officers; strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practices and adapting vocational education and training to skills needs, while promoting qualification standards in the sector, with a particular emphasis on digital skills.
BSAFE LAB – Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer Lab, Beira Interior University, Portugal
IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal
Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution, Germany
Directorate-General for Reintegration and Prison Services (DGRSP), Portugal
De Federale Overheidsdienst Justitie – Le Service Public Federal Justice, Belgium
National Trade Union of Prison Workers – SNLP, Romania
National Trade Union of the Prison Guard Corps – SNCGP, Portugal
EuroPris – European Organisation of Prisons and Correctional Services, The Netherlands (Associate Partner)
Stichting Foundation ICPA Office in Europe, The Netherlands
KA2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices | Action type: Sector Skills Alliance for design and delivery of VET
01/11/2019 – 31/10/2022 (36 months)
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union