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02 February 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

KUANTAN, Malaysia – The first in a series of INTERPOL training programmes to assist member countries build capacity in maritime piracy and armed robbery investigations has been held in Malaysia.

The INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security course held at the AMSAS (Akademi Maritim Sultan Ahmad Shah) Training Academy in Kuantan, brought together officers from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Marine Operations Force, Royal Malaysian Police, the National Central Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, Royal Malaysian Navy, Marine and Immigration departments.

During the five-day (26 – 30 January) course, INTERPOL officials and experts from national prosecution offices, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combatting Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia (ReCAAP) provided training on a range of maritime security issues including legal frameworks, border management and INTERPOL’s tools and services.

The training is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme to Foster Maritime Security in Malaysia funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada.

Jointly coordinated by the INTERPOL Capacity Building and Training and Counter-Terrorism, Public Safety and Maritime Security units, one of the programme’s aims is to increase investigative resources, specialized forensic capabilities and information-sharing amongst national law enforcement agencies.