The European Police-Trainer Conference (EPTC) took place on Tuesday 01.03.2022 and Wednesday 02.03.2022 at the Exhibition Center in Nuremberg.

Topics and speakers

Eckhard Niebergall:

  • 1975 – 2017 Hesse State Police (Germany)
  • including 20 years Frankfurt PD (Germany)
  • Riot control
  • Anti Drug operations
  • Execution of warrants
  • Executive protection
  • Certified and active firearms instructor (national & international)
  • Chief-Instructor for defensive tactics, CQB, executive protection
  • Co-developer of the INTERACT-DEFENSE-TRAINING®
  • 1998 – 2017 Hesse State Police Academy, Wiesbaden (Germany)

Stefan Beck, Superintendent:

Department head of the IV Riot Police Department in Nuremberg

  • Experiences from Israel
  • Critical analysis of the Paris attacks
  • Police and rescue teams working together

Speaker: Prof. Dr. med. L. Latasch

  • 1974-1981 Study of human medicine at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1981 Doctorate
  • 1981-1986 Resident at the Center for Anesthesia and Resuscitation of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1986 Certification as a specialist
  • 1986 Pain Center Mainz (Alice Hospital)
  • 1987-1989 Trauma center (BGU), Frankfurt/Main
  • 1990 Fellowship at the Center for Anesthesia and Resuscitation of the Hospital of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1992-2004 Senior physician at the Institute for Anesthesiology and Pain Therapy of the Northwest Hospital, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1993 Habilitation (Anesthesiology)
  • 2003 Professorship
  • 2005 Medical Advisor Emergency Medicine (Health Department Frankfurt/Main)
  • 2006-2018 Assumed the position of medical director of emergency medical services (ÄLRD) for the city of Frankfurt


  • Flight medicine I and II (Fürstenfeldbruck), appointment as airport physician, appointment as ”leading emergency physician” (Magistrate of the City of Frankfurt/Main).
  • Qualification in diving medicine, transfusion officer, medical director of rescue services (ÄLRD)
  • Certificate of qualification in rescue service, radiation protection and radiation protection activity group 3
  • Additional qualifications: “emergency medicine”, ”sports medicine”, “special pain therapy”, and “,’addiction medicine basic care”.
  • Since 2009 training in the European Community Civil Protection Mechanism (CMI, OPM, OMC, ICC, MBC and HLC).
  • Physical and mental demands on the service dogs and service dog handler
  • Training steps in cooperation with the operational training
  • Possibilities and limits of use


Sylke Schwoch

  • 2002 graduated as a police officer with the Hesse Police
  • Until 2004 officer of the III. riot police department in Hesse
  • Since 2004 officer (1st police station Darmstadt/ police station Erbach)
  • Since 2006 service dog handler (protection/tracking dog)
  • Since 2018 trainer for protection dogs at the central service dog department

Björn Engeland

  • Since 1993 police officer of the state of Hesse in the intermediate police service
  • 2003 completed studies for the higher police service
  • Since 2003 service dog handler with protection and detection dog
  • Since 2009 deputy head of the service dog department
  • Since 2015 chairman of the working group of service dog administrations of the federal and state governments
  • Expert for the canine sector
  • Since 2021 Head of the Central Service Dog Department
  • Primary and secondary injuries
  • Possible late effects
  • Hazard assessment


Victoria Fischer

Victoria Fischer, born in 1989, is employed as an assistant physician in forensic medicine after completing her studies in human medicine in 2017 and joined the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne in 2019. She holds a firearms qualification and her scientific focus is wound ballistics. The content of her doctoral thesis is the development of a skin simulant for wound ballistics examinations. She regularly works as a forensic medical expert for police authorities, public prosecutor’s offices as well as local and regional courts.

Prof. Dr. Markus Rothschild

  • 1981-1988 Medical studies and education at the Freie Universitaet Berlin Internships in Hong Kong (1984) und North-Borneo (1986)
  • 1988 Final medical exam („Approbation“)
  • 1988-1995 Scientific assistant at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • 1989 Promotion zum Dr. med. (magna cum laude)
  • 1993 Doctor of Legal Medicine
  • 1995-2001 Full forensic scientist at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • 1999 Associate Professor of Legal Medicine (Berlin)
  • August 1998, Juli 1999, Juli 2000 Contribution to the Tribunal Forensic Program in Bosnia (ICTY) and Kosovo (ICTY/UNMIK)
  • 2000 Award of the Konrad Händel-Stiftung (German Association of Legal Medicine) for the research in wound ballistics
  • 2001-2002 Professor of Legal Medicine at the Medico-Legal Centre of the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
  • May & July 2002 Contribution to the program „The Missing“ of the ICRC, Geneva
  • Since September 2002 Director of the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University in Cologne
  • Since 2004 Vice-president of the German Society of Legal Medicine
  • Since 2011 Vice Dean (Study & Teaching) of the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne
  • General legal aspects
  • Consequences of unpredictability in the hands of criminals
  • Independent operation of service dogs as a source of special legal uncertainty

Prof. Dr. Volker Erb is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His research focuses on, among other subjects, reasons for justification (especially self-defense) and the criminal investigation procedure.

  • The history of ambushes and lessons learned
  • Enhance situational awareness
  • Understand and utilize technology that can assist

John is President of Team One Network, LLC a company established to test, evaluate, train and market various manufacturers‘ products to the Law Enforcement community as related to officer survival. John led a team of instructors that pioneered the integration of formalized training doctrine with practical field experience. These cutting edge, realistic tactical training courses have become an industry standard. John was a Lieutenant with the DOD Police, where he served as a special reaction team leader and is a past President of FOP Middle Forge Lodge 100. He is Vice President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) John has written numerous articles that have been published on police training related subjects.

  • The challenges of everyday operations and the pitfalls of perception in operations
  • Efficiently trained attention control using the example of behavioral observation
  • Training approaches for active attention control
  • Reflection on practical experience using the example of interrogation research

Referent: Sandra Adiarte
PhD candidate at the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University in Queensland, Australia.
Research Interests: Analysis of movement behavior in preventive and investigative contexts.

  • Basics and practical training applications for operational staff
  • Back to the future – an insight into security research


Corinna Rott

  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands – Graduated July 2019 – B.A. Psychology and Neuroscience.
    Bachelor thesis, research focus:
    Combination of human intelligence and infrared support system in terms of counterterrorism.
  • Maastricht University, The Netherlands – Expected graduation: July 2020 – Master in Legal Psychology.
  • Participation in training activities of police forces on national and international level in behavior detection (BD).

Ralf Krüger

  • 1975 Joined the Federal Border Police
  • Since 1983 change to the today’s Federal Police Academy, area of police training
  • 1984 sports studies at the trainer academy of the German Sports University in Cologne
  • 2002 Change to the area of aviation security
  • Since 2010 participation in international working groups in the field of aviation security on the subject of Behaviour Detection (BD)
  • Participation in a research project of the German Federal Police on the topic of police behavior detection
  • Speaker and trainer of police forces on national and international level in police behavior detection (PVE)
  • Situation reports from France and the USA
  • Possible causes
  • Preventive action


Harald Wilmin:

  • Harald WILMIN was Deputy Head of the National Academy of the French Riot Police and its Chief Instructor.
  • From 1994 to 2000, he was seconded to the Central Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism Direction in Paris.
  • Since April 2010, as a major in the French police, Harald Wilmin has been in charge of security projects in Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Lebanon and Mali.
  • He participated in international police missions in Iraq, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
  • After four years in Mali (2017 – 2020), Harald Wilmin worked as an EU expert in Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Chad and Mali.
  • Since October 2021 Harald Wilmin is UN expert working for the UN in Mali, Togo, Benin, Rwanda and Tanzania assessing the pre-deployment of FPU(s) / Formed Police Units in UN Peacekeeping missions (Minusma – Minusca -Monusco).

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson currently works with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association as a part-time employee assisting with the coordination of many of the Association training programs and has served in this position since 2006. He has been responsible for managing many of the Association Conferences to include Annual Training Conferences and the Spring and Fall meetings. Prior to joining the staff of the Association, Steve spent 34 years with the North Carolina Department of Justice, with 29 of those years at the North Carolina Justice Academy. Steve’s primary responsibility at the N.C. Justice Academy was as the lead instructor for all the firearms programs offered by the Academy. Steve was one of the co-authors of the N.C. Concealed Carry Handgun Training Model Program. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors where he served as President from 2000 to 2016 and currently serves as 2nd Vice President. He continues to teach the Law Enforcement Sniper Course for Durham Technical College as well as other firearms related programs for Team One Network. He has been fortunate to be able to teach, not just across the United States, but in Germany, Italy, and China as well. Steve served in the North Carolina National Guard for 35 years as a range instructor and a member of the Guard’s rifle and pistol teams. Steve served as a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission from 2009 – 2021. He still serves as a certified law enforcement officer, a criminal justice instructor and as a member of the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board.

  • Actions and equipment of militant demo participants
  • Police resources and tactics
  • Lessons learned

Albert Y C Lee is a lifetime member of International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He is also a member of Polizeitrainer in Deutschland (Pid). He was a Superintendent (Retired) of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) working up through the rank as a police constable. An 30 year veteran, he was the officer in charge of the Weapons Training Division of the HKPF responsible to provide use of force training for more than 28,000 officers. He is also a qualified firearms Instructor and an expert witness in court of law. Mr. Lee has been involved in Use of Force training for the past 30 years, which includes training police officers around the world including China and Hong Kong. He has been practicing martial-art (Wing Tsun) since 1977 and operating a martial-art school in Hong Kong. To-day, there are branches established in New Zealand and Singapore.

European Policetrainer Conference 2022 – Practical Training

  • Develop affective tactical options responding to various types of events
  • Review and enhance tactics to counter multiple types of situations
  • Enhance situational awareness, mindset and will to survive

Seminar language
German / English simultaneous translation