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22 mars 2012

Responding to biological incidents focus of INTERPOL pilot training course in Singapore

SINGAPORE - The first INTERPOL Operational Response to Criminal Biological Incidents Pilot Course (5-9 March) was conducted in Singapore bringing together participants from the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Interior, Civil Defense Agency and the Ministry of Health.

The four-day course (5 – 9 March) approached the issue of countering bioterrorism threats with a focus on the operational response to biological incidents. Law enforcement officers from the participating agencies learned to implement an inter-agency approach when dealing with these types of incidents.

Conducted by the Bioterrorism Prevention Unit of the CBRNE Terrorism Prevention Programme, the course was part of an ongoing capacity building project that aims to improve the abilities of INTERPOL member countries to prevent and respond to bioterrorism threats. The project seeks to integrate a comprehensive curriculum focused on bioterrorism into the standard police training of national police academies worldwide.