Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970
SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN EUROPEAN POLICE
Kekić Dalibor (Криминалистичко-полицијска академија, Београд),
The aim of this study was to determine the levels of sports activities of active duty officers and cadets of police schools and faculties at different life ages within the European Union. These parameters are treated as a potential quantifier that can be used in the evaluation of individuals who are preparing for future work as police officers. European Police Sports Union (Union Sportive des Polices d\'Europe - USPE) was founded in Paris on November 30, 1950, at the initiative of the French Police Sports Association. Its founding members were Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Every two years, USPE also hosts a European Police Sport Conference that is of considerable importance as it ensures fruitful cooperation by providing a discussion forum for the member countries. For instance, the previous Conferences formulated the Mission, Vision and Values of USPE, further developed the European Police Sports Badge (EPLA), while also focusing on ways and means to professionalise the organisation of European Police Championships. The goal of this alliance is to promote police sports within its member countries. Member States have organized European Police Championships at intervals of 4 years in 16 sports disciplines: basketball, crosscountry, football, handball, judo, track and field, marathon, cycling, wrestling, shooting, swimming, skiing, tennis, table tennis, triathlon and volleyball. Besides promoting police sports, such events are instrumental in fostering contacts between individuals, while raising awareness and understanding of different cultures, which will eventually result in the harmonisation of intercultural cooperation in everyday policing. USPE seeks to forge ties and develop joint projects with the European Sports Federations for putting sport on a broad basis all over Europe.
Keywords: USPE, sport, competition, police