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15 December 2010

INTERPOL and United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center hold advanced police technology and research exercise

GLYNCO, Georgia, USA – INTERPOL and the United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) have co-hosted an advanced police training exercise focusing on technology and research to boost the operational capacity of law enforcement.

The two-day INTERPOL-FLETC Technology and Research Exercise (14-15 December) involved more than 80 managers and experts from national and international police training entities, including police colleges and universities, to share best practice on how the latest technologies covering simulations, multimedia and virtual environments are used in the field of police training.

“Just as criminals leverage on technology, modern day law enforcers must also learn the latest technologies, understand how they might be abused by criminals, as well as how they could be deployed to enhance policing work. Law enforcement agencies must raise the capabilities of their officers and help them to master new tools to stay ahead of the criminals,” INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui told some 300 law enforcement officials at an opening ceremony before the launch of the exercise at FLETC headquarters.

“INTERPOL, together with its partners, is committed to identify cutting-edge innovations in policing and make them available to its wider membership to level policing capabilities worldwide. The INTERPOL/FLETC Technology and Research Exercise is testimony to this commitment,” added the INTERPOL President.

FLETC Director Connie Patrick said that police training was an essential element to maintaining and developing effective law enforcement, both nationally and internationally.

“It is critical that we provide our law enforcement officers on the front-line with the most comprehensive, current and relevant training to overcome the criminal threats that confront us today. By sharing the resources and knowledge that we have all acquired, we can equip our future law enforcement professionals for years to come,” said the FLETC Director.

Major police training issues covered by the exercise included: research findings on law enforcement performance in high-stress situations, table-top and immersive simulations for law enforcement training, the use of e-learning and multimedia in police training, best-practice examples, and training in support of joint operations.