The project „Setting up the SIRENE Office: Strengthening capacities of SIReNE operators and end users of the Schengen Information System II (CRO SIRENE)" was started in June 2016. The duration of the project was 6 months. The overall objective of the project was assuming of full and active role by the Croatian Police in the international police cooperation on the EU level and in the Schengen Area. The project aimed at developing skills and competences of officers of Croatian Police International Police Cooperation Department (IPCD) including skills needed for Train-of-Trainers (ToT) and acquainting employees of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia (MoI) with the practical functions of the national information systems including SIS II alert management.
This project was already the second in the field of SIS II and SIRENE implemented jointly between Croatian and Lithuanian police organizations. The first project was oriented on the introduction of basic understanding on Schengen-related matters, whereas the current project was more focused on practical training of SIS II end users and the preparation of trainers through the ToT.
Target group of the current project was the MoI employees from Criminal Police Directorate, Border Police Directorate and regional police directorates. The budget of the project was EUR 200 000, out of which 95% was paid by the Transition Facility Programme.
The project implementation was strongly supported by the executives of both the Croatian Police and the Lithuanian Police - during the kick-off event the high level meetings between representatives of both partner countries took place.
The Project in numbers:
2 training needs analysis prepared;
2 training curricula with detailed training plans and training material prepared;
1 training curriculum for ToT updated;
4 workshops for IPCD staff, including ToT;
20 workshops in 10 cities (Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Rijeka, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Varaždin, Bjelovar, Karlovac, Zagreb) for SIS II end users conducted;
1 extra workshop for SIS II end users in Zagreb due to high interest in the topic;
319 MoI employees trained during the Project;
232 official training hours during the Project (excluding daily consultations and discussions between project team members);
More than 80 % training participants evaluated the workshops and seminars as very good and good;
5 Croatian officers visited Lithuania and Poland to acquire hands-on experience in working with SIS II and SIRENE forms;
14 highly skilled short term experts from Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic worked on the Project during their missions;
190 days of the Project implementation.
"As the Project leader with pleasure I would like to express my thanks to the Croatian colleagues for the serious attitude and responsibility for taking proper steps to implement necessary measures for the full application of the SIS II. Also, as short term expert, I could confirm that during the project activities me and other Lithuanian, Polish and Czech experts were glad to see the participants of MoI willing to obtain even more information than it was foreseen in the training curricula and be involved in discussions. That is probably the reason why 263 officers (i. e. more than the set threshold of 200 officers) took part in practical end user trainings for the MoI employees. We had possibility to meet attentive Croatian people from the whole country and to get better knowledge of their culture and history." - said E. Šileris, Lithuanian Deputy Police Commissioner General.
Representative of Croatia police M. Rošić noticed: „As a person responsible for the smooth implementation of the Project in the Republic of Croatia, I can share with all of you very positive experiences we have had with our Project partners from Lithuania! It has not been an easy task because the end-users or groups of people that were to be educated were very different among themselves - from the local through regional to the national level. That's what made the preparation of the training curricula very demanding. The feedback we have received from the police officers involved in the regional workshops are very positive. This will help us greatly with the further preparation for SIS/SIRNE evaluation. What have we achieved? Much more than expected - we were able to get the experience from three EU countries (the Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania), on site visit experience from both Poland and Lithuania and we managed to do some extra work on the preparation of the educational materials. All activities were performed in extraordinary circumstances when we had adaption works done within the International Police Cooperation Department - SIReNE Unit, with all police officers involved showing a great deal of patience, readiness and willingness. This Project will also serve as a solid basis for future cooperation between our two police forces! I would like to thank all of the colleagues involved: experts from the Lithuania, Czech Republic and Poland, all police officers involved in the training. I am especially proud of the whole staff of the International Police Cooperation Department of the Republic of Croatia that provided support to the Project implementation and were dedicated to work at all times just to finish the Project in the best way possible! One last important remark - during our visits in Poland and Lithuania our colleagues made us feel truly at home!".
This project was funded by the European Union.
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