Training and capacity building

Training activities

Capacity building and training play a key role in INTERPOL’s overall mission to enhance international police cooperation. We support police in our member countries, by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and best practices needed to meet today’s policing challenges.

In an effort to build an international learning community, we have implemented a number of initiatives aimed at developing knowledge and facilitating cross-border cooperation and capacity building.

Our philosophy is to focus on international cooperation in all of its manifestations, particularly cooperation among institutions (law enforcement agencies) and among individual participants. The ultimate goal is to enhance knowledge and encourage innovation, in order to turn training into operational practice.

Capacity building programmes for National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement agencies

INTERPOL’s capacity building programmes have a global scope, covering all regions and bringing together officials from NCBs, police forces and a variety of law enforcement agencies (prosecutors, customs, immigration). All programmes are based on improving the knowledge and use of INTERPOL’s tools and services, as well as developing, teaching and sharing best practices in international cooperation.

Our programmes are carried out on a regional level, enabling participants to build an invaluable network of contacts for assistance in future investigations. In the Americas, our programmes focus on combatting organized crime and drug trafficking; in the Horn of Africa and Sahel, our programmes focus on counter-terrorism; and in Asia, the focus is on counter-terrorism and the prevention of migrant smuggling. We partner with police training institutions, global law enforcement, academics and subject matter experts to offer the latest specialized information and policing techniques.

Thanks to a train-the-trainer module dedicated to improving teaching and presentation skills, INTERPOL aims to create a sustainable training regime by ensuring that as many trainees as possible are able to transmit what they have learned to colleagues in their home countries.

Training for NCBs

INTERPOL Police Development Programme for NCBs (IPD/NCBs)

This two-week programme is designed to train NCB staff and law enforcement partners on how to use INTERPOL’s systems and databases, focusing on regional needs and priorities. It also provides attendees with effective presentation and teaching skills and information security awareness.

INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme (IMPTP)

This three-week activity trains officers from NCBs and other law enforcement agencies on how to effectively use INTERPOL's tools and services. It is conducted in different geographical areas, focusing on the different needs of each region, and aims to improve international cooperation. The first four sessions, in Latin America and the Caribbean, were attended by officers from more than 40 countries. The fifth and sixth sessions were conducted in Arabic and benefited 13 Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Specialized crime areas

We develop resources and deliver regular training sessions on individual crime areas and investigative techniques. An online college trains intellectual property crime investigators in the latest procedures, bioterrorism table-top exercises improve the knowledge and ability of investigators to respond to such incidents, and crime scene investigation training covers disciplines from fingerprint and DNA retrieval to evidence preservation. 

A wide range of training courses

  • INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Organized Crime for the Americas
  • INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on the Prevention of Migrant Smuggling and Illegal Migration in South East Asia
  • International Threat Assessment and Intelligence Workshop
  • INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Counter-Terrorism for the Horn of Africa
  • INTERPOL Capacity  Building Programme on Counter-Terrorism for Asia
  • INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Counter-Terrorism for Sahel
  • INTERPOL Training Seminar on United Nations Security Council Sanctions and their Implementation at the National and International Level
  • Complementary Training Initiative on the Enhancement of INTERPOL Notices

21st INTERPOL Police Training Symposium
26-28 June 2018, Asan, Republic of Korea

INTERPOL Global Learning Centre

IGLC is an Internet learning portal that brings together:

  • e-Learning modules
  • Online resources
  • Police training websites
  • Research publications

Access IGLC

International Police Training Journal

TrainingJournal Issue 3

Issue 5 – March 2013 [PDF]
Issue 4 – August 2012 [PDF]
Issue 3 – January 2012 [PDF]
Issue 2 – February 2011 [PDF]
Issue 1 – July 2010 [PDF]

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