Aija Kalnaja joined CEPOL in September 2011, bringing with her 20 years of policing experience and a wealth of international law enforcement expertise. Initially appointed as Training Coordinator and then promoted to Head of the Training and Research Unit, Ms Kalnaja is responsible for the overall development and implementation of CEPOL’s residential training activities.
Prior to joining CEPOL, Aija held the position of Deputy Chief of the Latvian Police, responsible for international cooperation and administrative affairs for the national police force. Between 2007 and 2011, Ms Kalnaja was Latvia’s Police attaché to the United Kingdom, acting as a strategic advisor to the Latvian government on police matters and cooperation with the United Kingdom. Before this, from 2003, Ms Kalnaja headed the Latvian SIRENE Bureau, managing the establishment of the national bureau.
Ms Kalnaja joined the Latvian police in November 1993, rising through the ranks to Chief Inspector by 2003.