Intellectual Output 4 (O4)

Internship Guide


Police education and training is taking place into a Europe of unity, integration, diversity, mobility and migration. Legislative changes and modernization processes of police educational system in the three partner countries, following the European policies, have determined rethinking of police internship from a transnational perspective regarding expectations from the operative internship, common learning results, identical assessment processes, qualitative management common requirements, intensive cooperation between training participants (police education institutions and public order forces) and also the organization of internship. All three participating countries are in different modernization stages regarding police professional training and aligning it to European policies in the field of education and professional training, taking into account the specific of public order and safely domain. This is why, although each institution has specific regulations for internship, there is no common guide that would unite all aspects regarding how this basic part of students’ education process is organized.

The first target groups of the Internship Guide are the main actors directly involved in the internship organization: students, tutors and educational institutions, together with police units in which tutors\mentors are employed. Through this guide, the institutions will have an instrument that will help them in knowing, organizing and assuring the necessary conditions for hosting an internship at work place and also in evaluating the activity of their own staff that are tutors. At last but not at least, the Internship Guide can be used by decision makers from national police management as an assessment instrument.

The main innovative element in creating this guide is given by the fact that it will unite information from connected fields regarding police work, but interdependent (e.g. professional training, judicial and logistic), regarding the organization of internship for the students of police educational institutions from the three partner organizations (e.g. what are internships, the context in which they are organized, what are the stages and procedures in organizing an internship, when and how are they organized, who and how gives the logistical support for internships, what are the rights and obligations of each participant, what is the applicable legislation, what documents must be made, situations and causes for interruption/suspension/extension etc.). Principles, objectives and content of the Internship Guide will be established in common by all partners. The guide will contain common elements to all partners but also specific elements of each partner, according to the organizational specific and national legislation. It will be a useful document that will contain the principles applicable in the three partner institutions but also good practices specific to each organization.

The internship participants (the course coordinator/chief of students’ detachment, pedagogue, mentor/tutor etc.) will support each other in organizing and implementing the internship (e.g. an evaluation system created in common, according to specific professional characteristics). There will be a unitary interpretation of the content established by the guide for the participants in vocational training (tutors, students) and they will become active beneficiaries and participants in the internship organization based on learning results. All these will have a positive impact on the police national training system, by increasing the quality and objectivity in organizing and assessing the internship of the students belonging to the police educational system. Also, this quality increase in training will positively reflect on society level, where a better trained policemen will give superior qualitative services to the community he belongs to. At European level, partners’ cooperation will promote the expertise exchange regarding professional training of police forces. At national level, the Internship Guide could be also used by other police educational institutions, and by other educational institutions from the field of public order and safety (e.g. Gendarmerie, Firefighters, and Border Police). At international level, the guide can be used as best practice by other European police training institutions, partners of the institutions involved in this project.

Output Type: Learning/teaching/training material - manual/handbook/guidance material

Start Date: 2021-03-01

End Date: 2022-03-31