ASAN CITY, Republic of Korea – Creating a global platform for law enforcement agencies to exchange national solutions and best practices in the area of training in an evolving technological world was the focus of the 21st INTERPOL Training Symposium.
The three-day (26 – 28 June) symposium, a biennial event organized in collaboration with the Korean National Police Agency, brought together law enforcement training professionals from over 50 INTERPOL member countries as well as representatives from other international organizations and universities.
Training on the use of drones was amongst the innovative learning methods highlighted, in addition to immersive training and augmented reality.
Priority topics included training on cybercrime to help participants enhance law enforcement training initiatives in their respective countries and organizations.
With the theme of this year’s Symposium entitled Architecture of Global Law Enforcement Training, Park Jin-Woo, President of Korean National Police University, emphasized the importance of international cooperation in understanding common issues and fighting transnational crime.
INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training, Harold O’Connell, told the participants: “The work of the INTERPOL Training Symposium will impact present operations and future threats we face to help make our nations safer and more secure.”
“By gathering to study global trends in training, experts from around the world will be able to apply new systems, networks, technology and global collaboration,” added Mr O’Connell.
The need for systematic needs assessment cycles to identify training priorities and for continuous innovation to meet the future needs of the evolving security landscape was highlighted amongst the symposium’s conclusions.