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11 March 2011

First Arabic INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme boosts regional capacity

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Police officers from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen have taken part in the first ever Arabic session of the INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme (IMPTP).

The three-week course (5 – 23 March) was held in partnership with the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, covered a range of issues relating to international police co-operation with a focus on regional crime trends and priorities.

With input from specialist trainers from the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France and national instructors and experts, the participants studied modules aimed at enhancing knowledge and use of international police co-operation tools including INTERPOL’s global network and databases.

At the official opening and closing attended by Dr Abdulrahman Alshaer, Secretary General of Naif University, Dr Saqr Almoqayed, Head of the International Co-operation Department, Lieutenant Colonel Abdulrahman Aleisa from the Riyadh National Central Bureau, and INTERPOL’s Director of Training, Dale Sheehan, the value of the IMPTP was highlighted not only in enhancing capacity building within the region but for law enforcement co-operation globally.

The session in Saudi Arabia is the fifth in a series of international training initiatives by INTERPOL, with previous sessions covering countries in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.