Virtual Learning environment for European Local Polices (WebPOL)

Published on: 26/06/2006
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More than 1,500 police officers form the police department of Valencia, one of the most active in Spain because of the continuous innovations in technology.For this reason, Local Police of Valencia proposes the project Webpol Virtual Learning environment for European Local Polices, included in Leonardo da Vinci's training programme. The main objective is to improve the quality of training programmes and promote the innovation in them. Webpol project consists in the creation of Virtual Environment of vocational training for European local police combining the actual training, an Internet training centre and an innovative training management system. Webpol beneficiaries are European local polices just as training centres or educational institutes where themes are involved with local policy. Nevertheless, the virtual training could be easily transferred to other kind of police corps thanks to its development in technological support. Local Police of Valencia leads Webpol but there are another police corps involved in the project. Local Police of Gdansk (Poland) and Bologna (Italy), and the Security and Police Research Institute of Bremen (Germany) also participate in Webpol. Moreover, the Hypermedia Laboratory of Digital Media Institute of Tampere University of Technology (Finland), the Greek Institute for Continuing Adult Formation, the Hellenic Communications Organisation and Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo are partners too. The Secretaría Autonómica de Relaciones con la UE y Cooperación al Desarrollo (a secretary of Valencian Autonomous Government Council which manages European Union's affairs and the development co-operation) and the Fundación Comunidad Valenciana-Región Europea also are Webpol partners The Fundación Comunidad Valencia-Región Europea is a non-profit foundation with an indefinite duration under the protection of the Generalitat Valenciana, the Valencian Regional Government. The objective of the Foundation is to promote the participation of all the sectors present in the Valencian Region in the European Union's policies and to promote a better knowledge of these policies. Thanks to the Foundation, the Valencian Region increased the number of presented projects included in Leonardo da Vinci's programme between 2004 and 2005. In 2004, the Foundation presented nine projects, but in 2005, projects almost triple with respect last year because it has presented 25 projects.

Main results, benefits and impacts

The project introduces some innovations. In the first place, there is innovation in the selection of the target groups, because it's the first ever training system designed for European local officers. In the second place, Webpol incorporates the latest technologies, like video streaming or ADSL, to develop its virtual training environment. Another innovation is the methodology, because Webpol combines e-learning with traditional training. Therefore contents are also innovative. They will deal with modifications of the rules, gender-based violence, the role of local police in a multicultural society, European co-operation, etc.

Return on investment

Return on investment: Not applicable / Not available

Lessons learnt

The training methodology is based on an innovative webpage, which serves as training support, with several tools: chat, instant messages, forum

Scope: International