Non-commissioned police officer training in Szeged was launched in 1986 with the inception of the Police School of Szeged in order to provide policemen for the region. The institution, controlled by the Directorate for Education and Culture of the Ministry of the Interior, was to train 150 police officers annually. Csongrád County Police Headquarters played a crucial role in ensuring the required conditions. Along with the expansion of the range of subjects, the duration of the formerly 10-month-long training increased to 1 year. The modernized curricula included social studies (inclusive of fundamental knowledge about gipsies and police ethics), psychology, foreign language, typewriting, computer studies and professional subjects, such as public order protection, traffic and criminal studies.
In 1992 the school got under the management and economic provision of the National Headquarters Education and Training Centre. At the time the different regions suffered from severe police officer shortage. To mitigate the problem rotational training was introduced meaning students spent half of the training time at their duty area.
In 1993 bearing in mind the increasing number of students, we initiated an outsourced department for the Neutron Interferer Staff in Paks holding a special non-commissioned officer training.
Recognizing the social expectations we updated the form and content of education and started to collect international information. Many teachers took part in study trips abroad what enabled them to incorporate their experiences into their training system.
We have built valuable international cooperation with the Gendarme School in Lower Austria and the Vasile Lascar Police School in Romania.
In August 1994 based on the decision of the National Police Commissioner the Police School of Szeged was abolished. However, it could start training as an outsourced secondary school of the Miskolc Police School. As a result of the reformation of police training, Szeged also introduced the 2-year-long training completed with a secondary school final exam where our school provided “police officer” qualification.
In 1996 the Home Secretary founded the Police Secondary School of Szeged and terminated our operation as an outsourcing department. The general task of the school was to train educated police officers who can take measures independently and in a professional manner mainly to carry out patrol and troop force duties.
In the meantime the area of the school expanded significantly (to nearly 20 acres) as the Municipality of Szeged handed over for use the installations of Móra Ferenc Vocational School next to the airport. As this way our institution was supplemented with a dormitory, shooting area, educational building and sports fields, we increased our operation permit to 500 people.
Foreign language and sports taught at a high level became major priority.
In spring 1997 the Police Academy Sport Club was established within the school. Its main objective was to provide physical trainings on a daily basis and organize postgraduate trainings related to police work. Since 1997 our shooting area have also given room to the inter-school national shooting competitions.
From 1998 beside the basic training the modular system of specialised trainings was introduced (district constable, chief patrol and criminal operative trainings). According to the 9/2007 BM regulations, qualifications obtained during our specialized trainings enabled police officers occupy specific positions.
In 1999 the Home Secretary founded the Law Enforcement School of Szeged as the successor of the Police Secondary School of Szeged. The successor of the institution’s founder and maintainer was the Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement. Changing the name was not merely formality, since conditions were provided to launch border policing special training. With the establishment of the border policing section the first year students started their studies in September 2001.
In 2002 we started to prepare our students for law enforcement specialized exams in police officer and border guard specialities and also held security officer exams.
In November 2002 the school competed for establishing the 1st model of COMENIUS 2000 Public Education Quality Development Program.
In 2003 a professional group was formed to enhance the quality work of the management and operation staff, internal process control and guided self-assessment. The job was honoured by the Minister of Education with a certificate of merit in 2004.
In 2004 the new, so-called MIP program elements were introduced in our Pedagogic Program, including the KEN program developing school environment and health education and the school quality assurance system.
Based on the new National Qualifications Register of 2006 a modular education system was introduced. Also, our training structure provided outside the school system also changed. The basis of our specialized trainings (district constable and standard internal criminal training) is the core program issued by the (IRM) School-Based Education Directorate General and the National Police Headquarters. Reflecting on the request of the Hungarian Border Guard we commenced to teach border guards lacking NQR qualification in order that they could obtain vocational qualification.
To fulfil the request of the Law Enforcement College in 2006 we started teaching the Standard Digital Radio System in four topics.
Since September 2007 a number of improvements have been carried out to facilitate the economic and up-to-date operation. With the integration of the Hungarian Border Guard and the Hungarian Police in January 2008 there was a significant change concerning our clients’ expectations. Therefore, we commenced to convey border policing curriculum for police officers and law enforcement curriculum for border guards. Regarding the subjects, teaching and testing troop duty knowledge at a higher level gained enhanced importance. Students had abundant lessons of protection of public order, traffic and troop duty knowledge. In order to make the testing of troop duty and border protection knowledge more life-like and easier to measure we promoted a new method.
To end the school year we organized the launching ceremony in front of the Town Hall with tradition-making intention.
In order to solidify international relations, we renewed our cooperation with the Vasile Lascar Police School in Romania and initiated relation with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Studies at the University of Szeged.
After the integration of the Hungarian Border Guard and the Hungarian Police our school joined in the work of Frontex and represented Hungary successfully in educational cooperation matters. The Law Enforcement School of Szeged is a reliable partner of the cooperating national and international organizations.
Since September 2008 we have been applying the new competence-based modular vocational program. For the practical training that is in line with the new training structure our school introduced a mentor and coordinator training for the staff of Bács-Kiskun, Békés and Csográd County Headquarters. The training takes place every year prior to the practise period.
In November 2008 we joined the 2006 version of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF). We formed the Quality Development Committee and entrusted the members of the self-assessment teams and team coordinators with carrying out the internal self-assessment.
Facilitating the well-grounded career choice of the secondary school students and providing the high quality of police officer supply we endeavoured to build a cooperative relationship with other secondary schools. In March 2009 we signed a cooperative agreement with Csonka János Technical Secondary and Vocational School and the Szeged-Móravárosi Secondary and Vocational School.
The head of the school established the “Excellent student” title to encourage and acknowledge student performance. Students with excellent marks, high achievement in sports and public work could apply for the title that was adjudged by the all-time tutoriate.
The border guard vocational training as an independent NQR trade was terminated in 2009 with the launching of our last students of border guard major. The modular training followed the border guard – public order police officer division.
Next year in the training provided outside the school system on 30 August 2010 10 people commenced their 11-week-long studies in a competence-based modular training in border guard major.
In order to advance the professional standard of police training within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Program our school signed a cooperation agreement with the Serbian Sremcka Kamenica Police Training Center and the Avram Iancu Border Guard Training School in Oradea, Romania. The cooperation involved various student-teacher exchange programs and international symposiums through which we could have an insight into the training system and education of one another.
In the framework of the tender we organized free Serbian and Romanian language courses to improve the communication skills of police officers working on the joint borderline.
On 1st February commenced the training of 130 installation and follower guards. During the new training commissioned police officers took part in a program of several weeks. A new, competence-based modular mentor training was also included with qualified trainers preferred by the National Law Enforcement Regional Integrated Training Centre.
With tradition-making in mind a professional seminary sequence was set off in March aiming at motivating our students while broadening their horizons and expanding their professional knowledge with the help of prominent representatives of certain fields of police expertise.
Above the open day programs held at our school we took part in the organization and cover of the 7th National Secondary School Law Enforcement Team Competition in Gyula, the career orientation exhibition in Szeged Youth House and recruited youngsters interested in the career of a police officer in some secondary schools.
Complying the request of certain institutions and law enforcement organizations of Szeged our students undertook the cover of sports events and exhibitions to help field-search and detection which contributed to their practical training.
On the first week of July the school welcomed the law enforcement professionals’ children coming from all over the country for a summer camp. Accommodation, meals and varied programs were provided by the school.
Based on the “Integrated Border Management Development” plan signed between the National Police Headquarters and the Turkish Delegation of the European Commission we hosted a delegation from the Turkish Ministry of the Interior.
In February 2012 27 students attending the accredited border guard – police officer training provided outside the school passed the qualifying exam.
The National Police Headquarters, the Law Enforcement School of Szeged and the Móraváros Member Institution of the Technical and Service Vocational and Elementary School of Szeged did a joint organization of the final round of the 8th National Secondary School Law Enforcement Studies Competition. 44 teams took part from all over the country. The law enforcement school certified the performance of physical exercises required at the entrance exam.
The school staff celebrated the 25th anniversary of the school’s existence at the Community Center in Újszeged. András Zsinka major-general, the superior of the event appreciated the ongoing work of the school and handed over acknowledgements to the former heads of the school.
Our trainers held lectures and practice related to mass management and tactics for the Hungarian Defence Forces 5th “Bocska István” Infantry Brigade in Hódmezővásárhely and this way contributed to the professional service of soldiers in mission.
On 27th June 2012 – on the day of St Leslie – the 1st National Border Guard Patrol Competition was organized where the team of four of the Law Enforcement School of Szeged became gold medallist.
From the school term 2012/2013 students delegated from the Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services started law enforcement basic studies at the school.
From 1st March 2013 150 probation sergeants took part in a supplementary training for fellow patrol qualification.
We held 3-month-long professional, communication mentor trainings for 230 officers.
Having won a tender for developing equipment resources, the Law Enforcement School of Szeged started to operate the AirSoft shooting range. The operating ARCADA simulator uses a so-called “Professional” software package and is capable of simulating any traditional shooting situation.
In the light of the police prevention program our teachers held Highway Code trainings for elementary school students to teach the safe ways of cycling while the Kindergarten Cop programs focused on accident prevention and were dedicated to kindergarten children.
In June 2013 the 1st and 2nd year students and the commissioned staff of the school carried out flood-control and covering tasks at the Győr-Moson-Sopron and Pest section of the river Danube and in the area of Mohács. The hard work of the students was acknowledged by the local authorities, the national police commissioner and János Martonyi Minister for Foreign Affairs. As a reward a delegation of 15 2nd year students were invited to a professional visit at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The 2nd National Border Guard Patrol Competition took place in Orosháza on 27th June 2013. Altogether 18 teams were represented at the competition organized by the Békés County Police Headquarters. Holding its title, the Law Enforcement School of Szeged won the competition again.
In March 2014 at the 1st Police Student National Academic Competition organized by the National Police Headquarters our non-commissioned students came first. Acknowledging their achievement János Balogh dr. major general deputy police commissioner handed over the Travelling Trophy donated by Károly Papp police lieutenant general national police commissioner.
A unique and tradition-making professional course entitled “Endurance and calling to the profession for a mutual aim” took place with lecturers Péter Orbán dr retired police lieutenant general, Bence Máté nature photographer and Csaba Böjte Franciscan monk.
We carried on with police prevention classes in the county on demand.
In the framework of an international further training our musketry instructors took part in a professional further training organized by the Police Academy of Katowice while our colleagues of border policing expertise attended the opening meeting and training on fundamental rights set up by Frontext.
As a member of the international work-group of Frontex one of our teachers participated in working out the practical training planned for the Frontex European Border Guard Teams at the Special Training Academy of the Polish Border Guard.
It has become a tradition that paying tribute to the patrol saint of border guards, St. Leslie, the border guard patrol competition is organized. On 27th June 2014 it was our school that hosted the event where 19 teams tried their skills and knowledge with each other.
On 25 July 2014 the personnel of the 1st year students accomplished the police support training approved by the leader of the National Police Headquarters and held by the trainers appointed from the Operational Police.
In the light of co-operation we held tactical training and self-defence trainings at the Ambulance Station in Szeged.
For the non-commissioned officers and ensigns of Békés County Police Headquarters we held outsourced district constable trainings at the situation building of the secondary school.
For the school terms 2014/2016 200 students were admitted to the Law Enforcement School of Szeged. Based on the consent of the minister for law enforcement our school went on with the law enforcement basic training of firemen students of the Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services. The professional communication mentor training was held for the assigned personnel of Bács, Békés and Csongrád County Police Headquarters. As a new element they brushed up the basics of giving first aid.
The student and professional staff of 344 persons from the Law Enforcement School of Szeged took part in flood protection at the river Dráva in the area of Siklós and Sellye in September.
Our teachers participated in armoury technical exhibition in Táborfalva at the military shooting range.
According to a memorandum of cooperation our teachers took part in observation at Kiszombor Border Policing Office.
The number of irregular migrants increased significantly at the Csongrád county section of the borderline as well. The commissioned and probation personnel took and active part in initiating measures.
In December 2014 in the framework of a new concept we launched criminal vocational trainings in cooperation with the Bács-Kiskun, Békés, Csongrád and Hajdú-Bihar Police Headquarters. Trainings took place in Kiskunhalas, Orosháza and Szeged.
In January 2015 we organized NQR public safety officer training for applicants from Csongrád County who successfully passed the qualifying exam.
Our school and the colleagues of the Szeged Youth House D2 Youth Development and Media Centre organized crime prevention programs for secondary school students. We fulfilled the realization of several elements of the event supported by the National Crime Prevention Committee.
With our professional personnel involved, supporting the work of regional and local bodies we undertook holding classes in the frame of our so-called “Blank page” program.
Our school union organized a visit for a group of 1st year students to their alma mater to hold a presentation about the professional activities of the Law Enforcement School of Szeged. 55 students took part in the “Student Courier” program.
The Law Enforcement School of Szeged organized a border policing professional seminar for the teachers of law enforcement schools. The first occasion focused on ways for problem-solving, common legal interpretation and building new professional relations. At the next forum experts from Kosovo, Austria and Hungary of one of the best-known and most significant migration corridor presented their migration policies, national activities and practices.
It was the second time that in April the National Police Headquarters organized the final of the Academic Competition for Law Enforcement Students. With excellent results our students won the Travelling Trophy that was received by our school director, police colonel Csaba Bardócz dr. from police brigadier general Zsolt Pozsgai dr.
The entire school personnel took a share in the handling of the migrant crisis beginning in September while attending teaching and logistic tasks at the same time. Our 1st year students started their studies in the other law enforcement schools as an outsourced division.
On 16 October 2015 in the premises of the Law Enforcement School the Broder Guard Training Center was inaugurated with under-secretary Károly Kontrát Dr. delivering a speech. As he put it the Center promotes that Hungary be a safe border of the European Union. The honorary key was received by police colonel László Balázs dr. the leader of the National Police Headquarters Border Policing Department. The Border Guard Training Center started operation on 19 October 2015. We offer a wide range of trainings for the professional personnel serving at border crossing points, at the Schengen borderline and right next to the state border.
At the Ludovika Academy of the National University of Public Service we had the chance to take part in an academic lecture sequence. Besides our border guard teachers could participate in a so-called “Green Border Observation Training” project in Macedonia organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
In February 2016 based on formerly researched demand we hosted the mayors of nearby settlements and parliamentary representatives to present them the border guard further training system and the function of the Border Guard Training Centre.
We launched the police accident and crime prevention program for an enlarged target audiece. With the title “Provident” we also held lectures for the elderly to call their attention to endangering circumstances.
Our school delegated border guard colleagues to the Netherlands for the document expertise training organized by Frontex then to the conference entitled Migration: Conflict or Co-operation organized by the Ministry of Defence in Budapest in March.
Despite the migration pressure we provided continuous academic and practical training for our 2nd year, post-commissioned students on probation. Students serving in the personnel of the Operational Police and their platoons return to our school’s installation in a specified rotation.