Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to inform you that we will hold the EUROPEAN POLICE TRAINERS CONFERENCE on April 26/27, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main at the exhibition center.

In doing so, we are cooperating with GPEC®digital (, which will be held in parallel. For the first day of the conference, we will have the Congress Center ( at our disposal, and on April 27, the new Hall 5 for practical training (

EPTC participants receive free access to the GPEC®digital.

Programme – 1st conference day

Wednesday, 26.04.2023; 09.00 – approx. 17.15

Eckhard Niebergall, 1st Chairman of the Police Trainers in Germany e. V.
Heike Hofmann, Vice-President of the Hessian Parliament

  • Principle of separation of authorities: influence on cooperation
  • Intersections and possible synergies in emergency response
  • Best Practice

Co-Co-speaker: Karl-Heinz Frank

Director of the Fire Department in Frankfurt am Main

  • 1987-1993 Studies of forestry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 1993-1995 Training for higher fire department service (Stuttgart, Rostock, Witten, Berlin, Frankfurt a.M., Munich, Cologne), 2nd state examination in Münster
  • 1995-dato Fire Department Frankfurt am Main
  • 1995-2002 Head of the departments Training & Environmental Protection, Preventive Fire Protection, Deployment
  • 2003-2018 Deputy Head of Department (Head of Operations, Head of Hazard Prevention Division)
  • since 2018 Head of Office
  • Since 2000 Member of the United Nations Rapid Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) for major international emergencies
  • Since 2004 High Level Coordinator in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM)

Co-speaker: Eckhard Niebergall

1st Chairman of the Police Trainers in Germany e.V.

  • 1975 – 2017 Member of the Hessian Police Force
  • until 1998 service at the police headquarters Frankfurt am Main
  • Licensed weapons instructor (national & international)
  • Instructor for tactics, close combat, personal protection
  • 1998 – 2017 Instructor at the Hessian Police Academy
  • Facts, figures and fates
  • Results of current studies
  • Combating strategies
  • Demands on politics and authorities

Speaker: Heini Schmitt

Senior police officer (ret.)

  • 1994 bis 2013: Member of the local staff council (deputy chairman, released from duty) PP Südhessen
  • 2004 bis 2013: Member of the Main Staff Council of the Police of Hesse
  • 2001 bis 2016: State Chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Hesse State Association; since 2016 Honorary Chairman of DPolG Hesse
  • 2013 bis 2015: Deputy State Chairman of dbb beamtenbund und tarifunion, Hesse State Association (dbb Hessen)
  • Since 2015: State Chairman of dbb beamtenbund und tarifunion, Landesbund Hessen (dbb Hessen)
  • Since 2015: Member of the Federal Executive Board of the dbb beamtenbund und tarifunion (dbb)
  • case studies
  • Discrepancy between science and practice
  • Knife attacks = life threatening?
  • Researchers without concrete results
  • The Hollywood factor: one shot, situation solved?

Speaker: Ralf Schmidt

Chief Inspector

  • Operations Trainer Operative Units
  • University for Public Management and Security Hesse
  • Examples from forensic medical practice
  • Presentation of injury patterns
  • Injuries in relation to body regions

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Rothschild

  • 1981-1988 Study of human medicine at the Free University of Berlin, clinical internships in Hong Kong (1984) and North Borneo (1986)
  • 1988 license to practice medicine
  • 1988-1995 Scientific assistant at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1989 Doctorate in medicine (magna cum laude)
  • 1993 Recognition as a physician for forensic medicine
  • 1995-2001 Scientific Assistant (C1) at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Free University of Berlin
  • 1999 Habilitation and Venia legendi for the subject of forensic medicine
  • August 1998, July 1999, July 2000 Investigation of mass graves in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as in Kosovo (UNMIK) on behalf of the UN War Crimes Tribunal (UN-ICTY)
  • 2000 Award of the Konrad Händel-Foundation for the promotion of forensic medical sciences
  • 2001-2002 University Professor (C3) for Forensic Medicine at the Center of Forensic Medicine of the J.W. Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
  • Since September 2002 University Professor (C4) of Forensic Medicine at the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Cologne Hospital
  • Since 2004 Vice President of the German Society of Forensic Medicine
  • Since May 2011 Vice Dean for Studies and Teaching at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cologne
  • Status Quo in Austria
  • What deployment and training experience is there?
  • Discussion of the need in Austria

Speaker: Hermann Zwanzinger

Born in 1961, police officer since 1982, senior police officer since 1991, officer in the Weapons Department of the Vienna Regional Police Directorate for approx. 2.5 years, in the Federal Ministry of the Interior since mid-1993, (deputy) head of the Weapons Department of the Federal Police until 2000, then transferred to the Operations Department and, since 2000, officer in charge of weapons, resources and equipment as well as federal coordinator for operational training.
Among other things, cooperation in various research and procurement projects, as well as project manager for the topics of pepper spray, taser, operational ammunition.

  • Situation in Anhausen, problems still relevant today for the areas of application Control by civilian forces, abrupt access by “robust task forces”
  • Risks during deployment under consideration of recognisability as police and documentation

Speaker: Helgo Martens

geb. 1968 in Kiel; nach dem Abitur 1989 Dienst als Zeitsoldat in der Feldjägertruppe der Bundeswehr; anschließend Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in Kiel und Ausbildung für den höheren Polizeivollzugsdienst im BGS an der Polizeiführungsakademie in Münster-Hiltrup; seit 2002 mehrere Führungsverwendungen in der Bundespolizei (bis 2005 BGS); derzeit Leiter der Bundespolizeiinspektion Kriminalitätsbekämpfung Hamburg; langjährige nebenamtliche Tätigkeit in der Lehre, u.a. Dozent in der gemeinsamen Ratausbildung von Bundespolizei und BKA und in der kriminalpolizeilichen Spezialfortbildung des Bundes und der Länder; Herausgeberschaft und redaktionelle Mitarbeit in Kommentierungen des BPolG und des LVwG SH sowie mehrere Aufsätze in Fachzeitschriften zu rechtlichen und polizeitaktischen Fragestellungen;
privat seit 1983 Kampfsportler, u.a. Karate, Kickboxen und FMA.

  • See better in all light and visibility conditions
  • Achieving tactical advantages
  • Optimization of self-protection

Speaker: Ralph Wilhelm

born in 67, is an expert for handguns and ammunition. Initially working as a journalist for the trade magazine “Deutsches Waffen-Journal”, he can now boast more than 500 specialist publications as well as various books and specialist lectures as an author. In this capacity, he vehemently advocated deformation ammunition and modern police holsters as early as the mid-1990s. After further positions at weapon (HK, B&T) and ammunition manufacturers (Brenneke, saltech), he now works for VECTED, a manufacturer of thermal imaging equipment based in Fürth. In all his activities, he continues to advocate sensible and modern police equipment in the field of weapons and ammunition.

  • Insight into possibilities and limits

Speaker: Christian Schäfers

is a sales management professional with over 20 years’ experience in the terrestrial laser scanning and hand-held laser scanning business. He worked in several positions in direct sales, sales leadership, business development and channel management in EMEA and Asia Pacific. He currently works as Senior Market Development Strategist – Public Safety Analytics EMEA, driving strategic projects and sales involving the FARO Hardware and Software Solutions to our key markets in Public Safety, Military and the Private Security sector.

Co-Referent: Leif Petersen

is a successful entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in all facets of immersive media.
As founder and CEO of HOLOGATE, Petersen had the foresight to launch a company that would develop immersive media platforms and experiences to support businesses in both the entertainment and enterprise industries.

Best Practice on

  • tactical challenges and fleet
  • fleet protection

for semi-autonomous, electrified and networked emergency vehicles

Speaker: Nils Böcher

was Head of Automotive IT at the Federal Criminal Police Office. Here he headed several working groups and expert committees, such as the group of coordinating bodies for automotive IT of federal and state authorities. In addition, he was chairman of the Automotive IT Competence Network within the Commission for Operations and Investigation Support.
He was also active in the Lawful Interception Committee of the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI).
Prior to this, he worked in the automotive sector as a development engineer for testing and (secure) diagnostic technology and in research, where he was involved in product security for the integration of software updates in connection with new post-series supply strategies.

  • Reality in action versus best practice in training
  • Who is responsible for “misconduct”
  • Influence of new technology on tactics?

Speaker: Eckhard Niebergall

1st Chairman of the Police Trainers in Germany e.V.

  • 1975 – 2017 Member of the Hessian Police Force
  • until 1998 service at the police headquarters Frankfurt am Main
  • Licensed weapons instructor (national & international)
  • Instructor for tactics, close combat, personal protection
  • 1998 – 2017 Instructor at the Hessian Police Academy
  • Identifying key actions and behaviors that MUST happen the first on scene
  • How Policy, Procedure, and differences in training based on agency, rank, and hierarchy can help or HINDER a timely, effective response
  • Key behaviors and language that may have affected the police respons
  • “Gut check” list to evaluate agency’s current Policy and practice in Active Killer Response training

Speaker: James Moss

is a retired Special Agent with US Army Counterintelligence. He received his first Firearms Instructor certification from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1989. Since then, over the past 30+ years Mr. Moss has earned 19 separate Instructor certifications and 32 operator level certifications. in 2015, he became Charter Member 3 with the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA) and is currently a Staff Instructor and member of the Board of Advisors.

From approx. 17.30 to 19.00 exchange of experiences between speakers, participants and PiD team in the context of a “Get Together” of the GPEC®digital


Members of authorities with security duties, the professional fire brigade, judges, public prosecutors and professional soldiers are entitled to participate.

Seminar language:
German / English simultaneous translation

Topics of practical training – 2nd conference day

Thursday, 27.04.2023; 08.45 – approx. 17.15

The training takes place at stations in a rotating system. All participants train all contents.


Only members of authorities with security duties who are equipped with firearms on duty are eligible to participate in the practical training.