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13 August 2014

INTERPOL training in Indonesia supports police in investigating migrant smuggling

SEMARANG, Indonesia – The first training session of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Enhancing Migrant Smuggling Investigation in Southeast Asia is being held in Indonesia in cooperation with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

The two-week course (11-22 August) brings together 22 law enforcement officials from anti-human trafficking units, cybercrime units, INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and national judicial authorities from eight countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course is part of a two-year training programme, supported by funding from the Government of Canada, which aims to build the investigative capacity of law enforcement officers in Southeast Asia to prevent human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and enhance regional cooperation with a view to creating a sustainable network in the region for the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Attending the opening ceremony were Police Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indonesia National Police; Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training; Police Brigadier General Soepartiwi, Executive Director of the JCLEC; and Detective Superintendent Brian Thomson, Executive Director of Programs with the JCLEC.

Brigadier General Soepartiwi underlined the important role of INTERPOL in the fight against transnational crime in Southeast Asia, and applauded the Canadian Government and INTERPOL for their support in implementing the capacity building programme in the region.

Commending the JCLEC on its 10th anniversary, Mr Sheehan said: “The JCLEC is a strategic partner of INTERPOL in the delivery of our capacity building programmes. Further partnerships with the Indonesia National Police, Australia Federal Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, combined with all ASEAN member countries, ensure the essential exchange and sharing of best practices throughout Southeast Asia.”

The JCLEC is located within the Indonesian National Police Academy. It is a resource for the region in the fight against transnational crime, with a focus on counter-terrorism, through the coordination of training programmes, seminars and workshops.