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Knowledge has never had so much power and played such a role as it does today. The Slovenian police are aware that quality education and training programmes and constant active learning directed towards practice is the only way to ensure the effective work of employees at all levels.

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Constant education and training is a must in our work

Interdisciplinary programs

Education in the Police Academy, where people are prepared for the diverse and dynamic profession of police officer and various training programmes are implemented, is intertwined with ongoing on the job learning. Police officers must be trained to independently resolve demanding tasks and take responsibility for both individual and group work. It is important that they are able to connect theory and legislation with everyday life circumstances in which they are required to make competent decisions and take appropriate measures. For this reason, the interdisciplinary integration of expert knowledge and methods with the practical professional knowledge, skills and competences required to perform the job is at the forefront of our programmes.

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The Police College pays a lot of attention to good psychophysical fitness, which is why candidates can, in their free time, use the sport facilities of the Police Academy - a fitness room, martial arts room, gym, running track, obstacle course, etc. An important part of the practical education and a large proportion of training sessions are performed at the Gotenica Training Centre. This is the place that is best equipped for training sessions related to outdoor work: various training sessions for members of the Special Unit, police dog handlers, police tactical units, preparations for work in peacekeeping missions, etc.

In planning the education and training that police officers will need in their career paths, we are guided primarily by the requirements of the profession and current trends in providing security. This applies to all three basic fields of training: basic programmes for assuming new or specialist tasks in the police, advanced programmes and programmes in the field of social skills and management in the police.

Together with other educational police institutions within the European Union, we strive to harmonise education and training programmes.

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Education of service dogs and training of their handlers has a special place within the Academy. This field has a long tradition in the police, and it has seen many changes and improvements in its 70-year history.

The only institution in the country providing education for the profession of police officer

In the green and peaceful environment of Tacen under the Šmarna Gora Hill near Ljubljana, in the Police College within the Police Academy, we provide a short-cycle higher education programme for the profession of police officer. Candidates who meet general enrolment conditions, pass a test of physical capabilities and are successful in selection procedures can be included in the programmes.

A speciality of this vocational educational programme is that students - candidates for police officers - are employed in the school, and an open-ended contract awaits them after they successfully conclude their studies. This means that a student already has a guaranteed job while studying, while also receiving a wage and free meals. The studies are focused on practice, as candidates are not only educated in the school, where they attend lectures and write seminar papers and perform practical tasks, but also spend a third of their time in police units under the mentorship of experienced police officers. This way they gain a lot of practical experience during their studies that they later find useful in performing police work.

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By deciding to enter our large blue family, young people accept an honourable, but very responsible and demanding job. Awaiting every new generation of police officers after they successfully finish their studies is the diploma award ceremony and the oath taken before the police commissioner, which reads: "I do solemnly swear that in performing the police tasks, I will conscientiously, responsibly, humanely and lawfully perform my duties and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms."

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