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Training at the police academy

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Police Academy, the Netherlands

No European or other supportive financing structure. The trainings are financed via the Human Resource Management agency of the National Police organisation.

Type of Organisation: Governmental institution

Project description

Training about Counter Terrorism, Extremism and Radicalisation (CTER) is considered ‘priority training’ at the Dutch national police.

The following training courses are delivered:

One day training Basic Radicalisation and Terrorism (police and security partners)

This training, also suitable in a multidisciplinary setting (police, civil authorities and social or school workers), describes and addresses:

  • The radicalisation process and the different forms of radicalisation and terrorism.
  • How to recognise radicalisation (indicators) and how to register radicalisation and deal with this information with regard to the police administration systems.
  • Case studies are discussed and many CoPPRa items are also included in the training.

One day training Advanced Radicalisation and Terrorism (law enforcement only e.g. police information and (covert) intelligence officers)

This training describes, addresses and discusses:

  • Background information on the development of terrorism
  • How terrorists operate (terrorist planning and attack cycle)
  • Counter terrorism: the difference between police and intelligence operations
  • Several case studies.

One day training Attack Analysis (law enforcement only e.g. specialized police units Police VIP and SWAT teams)

This training is about attack dynamics: what happens before, during and after a (terrorist, criminal or lone- wolf) attack? How to recognise different attack types and what to do to minimise attack risk? This training is based on a detailed analysis of 20 different activist, individual or terrorist attacks.

One day training Potentially Violent Lone Actors (is part of a new training for police officers dealing with administrative and control procedures in relation with shooting clubs)

This training describes the lone actor phenomena, such as definitions, different types of lone actors, e.g. lone wolves and school shooters. In terms of theoretical framework the pathway to intended violence is a central element in the training, as are methods of detection based on individual and operational indicators. Pro-active intervention methods are also discussed.

Two days training Identifying Criminal and Terrorist Behaviour (Spotters training for police and security officers)

This training teaches police officers how to detect behaviour that is considered to be typical for criminals, attackers or terrorists. The intense two day training is a combination of theory and a lot of practical training exercises in the public domain.

Two-three days training on codes of conduct and protocols

A 2 to 3 day course will be held for police officers, community police officers, investigating staff and staff of information services. This training will be integrated in Basic Police Training (BPO) and Specialist Police Training (VPO). This training is an expanded and more up to date version of the existing training ‘Basic Radicalisation and Terrorism’.

In addition to the above, there are also several specialisted modules on jihadism, terrorism and terrorist attacks for specialised police forces.


The CoPPRa training manual and the in 2014 updated field guide.

Contact details


Police Academy, the Netherlands
Arnhemseweg 348, 7334 AC,
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Contact person: Koos Barten
Chief Inspector of Police
School for Criminal Investigation
Team Intelligence
Telephone: (+31) (0)55 539 2000 (ask for Koos Barten)

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