Honorary presidential foreword
In the early 1990s, as the Chief Captain of Pest County, I thought that in addition to my several degrees, I would also graduate from the College of Police Officers with a degree in Public Security, so that I would not be one-sided in law enforcement knowledges, not only in reconnaissance, operational and organizational work, but in the „uniformed street” work to be trained.
As a result, I later compiled a list of the knowledge that could be taught in other schools as a pre-training. I contacted the management of the deservedly world-famous University of Gödöllő to accredit a completely new degree, human resource manager with a degree in home affairs. University professors immediately became partners, but those working in police education were afraid I wanted to take their bread. It was not an easy battle to understand during the accreditation process that it was nothing more than improving efficiency. After all, the RTF can deal better with privileged professional knowledge (eg team service, investigation, reconnaissance, etc.) if applicants are already trained in other topics. Together with the professors, we thought that, for example, knowledge of business administration, youth protection, criminal law, psychology, criminology, communication, human rights, computer science, leadership, or other knowledge could be acquired in a “civilian” location. It's like language teaching: law enforcement schools don't have to teach basic der, die, das, but police measures! It was not easy, but in the end the course could be introduced uniformly to all universities across the country by government decision. We won! The result was multiple oversubscriptions. And those who did not go into police úlcareers at work, in life or in the security industry received knowledge and a crime prevention approach that could be put to good use by local governments.
Later, on this train of thought, it was no longer me but great colleagues who were committed to law enforcement education that carried on the idea in mid-level law enforcement training. This is perhaps an even more important area than college, as the police are not needed for many officers, but for many “skilled workers, foremen”. Adapting to the two-year, well-developed professional police training based on graduation, the so-called “civil” secondary schools started career orientation training. The school principals concerned were also pleased with this, believing that it would improve their students chances of finding employment. At this stage, there were no more opponents and the appropriate theoretical educational material was created with the cooperation of the competent ministries (home affairs, education).
Then another twist took place. Already in my performing arts, my 6-dan master friend Géza Györki invited me to the city of Heves to see what he teaches high school children in self-defense. The fortunate situation was that many prominent representatives of the martial arts branches and trends were present at this demonstration event. We had a very interesting meeting. I have seen that representatives of every self-defense sport want to pass on more and more of their own style to young people. Something ran out of my mind: Why didn’t you agree, why didn’t you join forces on what to get from here and there to self-defense training according to the age specificity? That was the historic moment when it was said: let us form an assication for this! The Federation of Law Enforcement Trainers was born. I “paid for” my idea because that’s how I became a social president. I haven't regretted that since, I gladly undertook, as it is in this name that I have less of it, but I am fighting hard for acceptance at the level of my personal abilities.
We also needed this fight. Again, they didn't understand… Do we want to take the bread of self-defense trainers in police training? What is it all about, what is this badge and ID card, what kind of suspicious team is it? Many inspections and some prosecutorial inspections have shown that this is a perfectly good, noble intention and that we are not moving in the professional sphere but in the civilian sphere. In pre-training, not only must the mind be palletized, but the body must also be physically prepared for the law enforcement task. It was a big debt, as so far the emphasis has only been on theoretical preparation. And it is already evident that a determined young person who is able to protect himself and his fellow citizens can be further trained if he enters the police school. Physical education has health benefits anyway, and meaningful pursuit has a crime-preventing effect on young people!
During our struggle for acceptance, the association is also trying to do good and interesting programs. A special example is that we entered the Miss Police beauty contest at the Sports Church under the direction of Attila Miskolczi, a 5-dan master, and the ladies were able to appear with a spectacular stage self-defense demonstration. Today we are organizing a Seven Trial Virtus Festival, we are holding law enforcement physical education. Taking into account the age specifics and interests of young people, health education, teamwork, belonging, a sense of responsibility, respect for others and the development of problem solving, improving the culture of accident prevention, not to mention useful leisure time, came to the fore. The not-too-distant future is projected that the development of self-defense capabilities may be an important task for the security industry, the protection of property, the civil guard, the settlement guard, and the voluntary reserve force. It was suggested that we do related sports and cultural programs in a roadshow.
In addition to the ideas and plans, something was missing. RKSZ did not have a website! We did not sell ourselves in this way, we did not adequately document the presentations, the events, the work. We just started doing that. I hope that the compulsion to upload the website will force us to further develop the regional network of the RKSZ and to have better contact with our regional organizations.
I wholeheartedly recommend our website to everyone, and we welcome any comments you may wish to improve!
Budapest, November 28, 2009
dr. István Komáromi