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Shortcomings in European admission policy for refugees Print E-mail

* Sub-standard coordination * poor information exchange * police seriously under-staffed * incomplete registration

There are serious shortcomings in European admission policy for refugees. Police forces in the Netherlands, Germany and the Balkan countries are under-staffed and under-equipped to process and screen large flows of refugees. The European Police Union (EPU) reached these alarming conclusions after a survey among police officers. “Immediate action is needed from European authorities in order to avoid further escalation”, says Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of the umbrella organisation for European police unions (and the Dutch police union, ACP).

The EPU conducted its survey among police officers in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The results point to an ineffective registration process, sub-standard or absent checks on large groups of refugees and poor information exchange between the various arrival and transit countries. This means potential terrorists can travel among flows of refugees without being detected, warns the EPU. There is no tracking system and police do not have an overview of where people are going.

Direct risks for police officers in Europe
European police officers are the first people to encounter the consequences of these glaring shortages in staff, resources and organisation. There is insufficient protection against infectious diseases. For instance, 45 police officers have been diagnosed with TBC in Italy.  One case of open TBC was also encountered in the Netherlands, but this had to be kept secret. Police officers also say they are not being given the training required to deal with new security challenges they are now facing.  There is a shortage of special know-how and appropriately qualified personnel. 

Police officers in Germany and the Balkan countries say they are also encountering more aggression and violence due to the arrival of refugees. And there are often no protocols for dealing with aggression (from and against refugees), or police officers don't know where to find them. Many police officers feel that politicians are turning a blind eye and have left them standing in the cold.

Shortages throughout Europe
Police forces throughout Europe are facing major shortages, which involves a general absence of funding, capacity and resources. Police personnel and civilians throughout Europe have been placed under an unacceptable amount of pressure because more and more austerity measures are being implemented in the police sector. Extra tasks involving refugee support and anti-terror activities can only be performed effectively if the required funding is available.

Call to European authorities and national governments
The EPU and all its members are calling upon European authorities and national governments to avoid further escalation in the identified problems.  The security of police officers and society is under serious threat. Politicians have the duty to make sure police officers, and thus society, are given the required level of protection.  This means good equipment, training and working conditions for police forces. They are at the front line and are currently being exposed to too many unnecessary risks. 

The EPU is calling upon European authorities to respond appropriately to signals and warnings of European police unions about the increasing risk of terrorism and the accompanying social and public unrest.

Questionaire refugees Print E-mail

The EPU conducts an independent survey amongst police officers dealing with refugees. This study is focused on the working conditions and work experiences among police in Europe.

This questionnaire is designed for policemen and policewomen who are employed by police organizations in Europe.

The goal is to make an analysis of:

  • - How refugee policy has been tuned and the effects of these measures on the perception of police-officers.
  • - The working conditions of police officers and their impact

The survey is in English and in German. The questions must also be answered in English or in German. The questions are divided into the following categories: general, execution, work assignments, health, aggression and violence, conditions in refugee centers, security, personal experience and information. It is not necessary to answer all questions.

The more data, the clearer the overall picture.

Good luck in completing the questionnaire (Deadline: March, 1 2016)

Gerrit van de Kamp
President European Police Union

Fragen zum Thema Flüchtlinge

Die EPU führt eine unabhängige Untersuchung unter Polizeikräften durch, die mit Flüchtlingen zu tun haben. Dabei stehen die Arbeitsbedingungen und die Arbeitserfahrungen der Polizisten im Mittelpunkt.

Dieser Fragebogen ist für Polizisten und Polizistinnen bestimmt, die in europäischen Polizeidienststellen im Dienst sind.

Ziel der Analyse ist, zu ermitteln:

  • - Wie die Flüchtlingspolitik geregelt ist und welche Wirkung diese Maßnahmen auf die Erfahrungen der Polizeikräfte hat.
  • - Die Arbeitsbedingungen von Polizeikräften und deren Einfluss.

Der Fragebogen ist in englischer Sprache und in deutscher Sprache. Die Fragen müssen auch auf Englisch oder auf Deutsch beantwortet werden. Die Fragen sind in Kategorien aufgeteilt: Allgemein, Umsetzung, Arbeitsaufträge, Gesundheit, Aggression und Gewalt, Zustand in den Flüchtlingszentren, Sicherheit, eigene Erfahrung und Information. Es ist nicht nötig, alle Fragen zu beantworten.

Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Erfolg beim Ausfüllen des Fragebogens (Abgabetermin: 1. März 2016).

Je mehr Angaben, je klarer das Gesamtergebnis.

Gerrit van de Kamp
President European Police Union

EPU welcomes new member Print E-mail



A very warm welcome to our new member

“Sindikat Policije Hrvatske” from Croatia.


I wonder if you ever think of me

Dear colleagues and friends,

EPU decided to start a charity campaign for raising money to support and help the children of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty during the protests in Ukraine.

These innocent children have a hard time by all the suffering around them, the pain from the loss of one of their parents, or the life-threatening injuries.

We can not delete the terrible things of violence and bloodshed that the eyes of these children have seen.

Even with a small contribution we can help to make a difference in the lives of these broken, disrupted police families.

Please help and support EPU with thas campaign to raise money for the children of our police colleagues. The police children of Ukraine campaign under EPU start today and  will finish at 30th April 2014.

The money collected will be summed ad published on and EPU Facebookpage.

If you would like to make your donation then please use our EPU bankaccount:

IBAN: AT763200000010319127 - BIC:RLNWATWW

Name of bank:                Raiffeisen Landesbank NÖ-Wien AG

                                       Michaelerplatz 3, A-1010 Wien

Accountholder:               Europäische Polizeiunion, Teinfaltstrasse 7, 1010 Wien

Please do make sure tht you inculde "policechildren" as feferece wit your donation.

If you have ay questions please contact JaqelineHirt ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - +31 6 44210866)

Media appeal TUPU Print E-mail

Trade Union Police of Ukraine repeatedly publicly expressed its deep concern about the situation in the country, it warned sides of the conflict from bloodshed. However, our pleas were in vain. Cynic ignoration of increasing threats to national security, that are looming over the country, by both the authorities and the opposition, their selfish unwillingness to understand the true nature of the conflict and the withdrawal of its solution, resulted in a complete loss of control over the dangerous situation in the society.

Now eves, tha take place in Kyiv, became a tragedy of the Ukrainian people. In the capital of the state is the real fratricidal war, human blood is shed on both sides of "the barricades".

We appea to colleagues whose fae doomed to become participiants of today's evens. We must be guided by the interests of the people, because this is the highest value of human life, that we as police officers, who gave the oath of serving the people, have to preseve and protect.

We strongly condemn the use of weapons by thepartisipiants of the conflict. Andresponsble for the bloodshed on both sides must carry those who give criminal orders ad who perform them.

President of Trade union police of Ukraine

A. Onyshchuk

20th february 2014


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