Training to fight illicit goods

We help police and partners to build their skills in fighting illicit trafficking.

We deliver training to our member countries and partners worldwide to build the skills and knowledge of all agencies involved in the fight against illicit trafficking and pharmaceutical crime.

Our training portfolio covers practical training as a precursor to operations, specialized courses in investigative techniques, train-the-trainer sessions and online learning courses.

e-Learning for IP crime investigators

The International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) is a fully interactive online training facility for law enforcement, regulatory authorities and private sector investigators in intellectual property (IP) crimes. It is delivered in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

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Celebrating a decade of leading IP education

Since its creation in 2010, IIPCIC has continually developed and expanded its training modules, reaching out to an increasingly diverse audience, and capitalizing on innovations in technology. Visit our anniversary page to learn more about what we have achieved in the last 10 years!

IIPCIC works to:

  • Provide IP crime professionals with specialist learning on the subject of transnational organized IP crime;
  • Deliver leading-edge training that meets international standards;
  • Create a network of certified IP crime investigators;
  • Facilitate cooperation between the public and private sectors;
  • Ensure investigators have a common understanding of the issues, roles and recommended intervention strategies, thereby improving joint enforcement operations.

Representatives from more than 160 countries have registered to take our online IP crime training courses. To cater for such a global audience, the courses are available in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

Recognizing our trainees

We are proud to work with police academies around the world and to recognize the achievement of all trainees.  

The IIPCIC College is well established across the globe, as shown in the following examples from Africa and Asia. As the IIPCIC curriculum is delivered through e-learning modules, trainees were able to continue and complete their studies − despite the challenges of the COVID-19 lockdown period − and gain their IIPCIC certificates.

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In Tanzania, 55 students from Police Staff College Kidatu received their certificates in July 2020.

Inspector Jacob Muwaja from the Tanzania Police Force said: “We have built the IIPCIC training into our college curriculum to ensure our officers are equipped with the relevant skills to investigate this type of crime and to keep our citizens safe.”​

IIPCIC students, China

In China, 119 students graduated from IIPCIC at Zhejiang Police College between April and July 2020.

Lin Chao, Assistant Professor at Zhejiang Police College said "The IIPCIC College is a platform to broaden our horizon and we are committed to expanding our students' knowledge and skills regarding how to protect IP." 

153 officers from the South African Police Service completed 510 courses on the IIPCIC platform between March and December 2020.

Brigadier Chuene Sydney Moshabi, Training Director at the South African Police Service said “In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our officers complied with all the protocols, including social distancing. But they could not afford to distance themselves from gaining new knowledge and skills. Their continued learning via the IIPCIC platform will contribute to better service delivery.”

Mentoring programme

As part of our activities to extend the reach of the IIPCIC platform, we have established regional Mentoring Programmes in order to bring officers together in person in a train-the-trainer framework. Participants then take their newfound knowledge and skills back to their national administrations where they not only cascade this practical information to colleagues, but can also use the information to help influence strategic thinking and allocation of resources.

Embedding IP training into national police curriculums

One of the most effective ways to draw attention to IP crime and boost a country’s response is to build the IIPCIC training into police college curriculums. In order for this to happen, backing is necessary at government level. The Police Chiefs Cooperation Organizations for Southern Africa and East Africa (SARPCCO and EAPCCO) have adopted this approach in their respective regions.

Project Health  

Training courses run under Project Health build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to fight pharmaceutical crime and public health infringements. Courses are conducted in the Americas, Africa and Asia.