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30 June 2016

Training key to law enforcement ability to meet crime challenges

SINGAPORE – Helping law enforcement face an increasingly diverse and complex crime landscape was the focus of two events organized by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

More than 170 senior officials from law enforcement and academia from 55 countries attended the 20th INTERPOL Police Training Symposium (21 - 23 June) and the UNODC Law Enforcement Training Network (LE TrainNet) Meeting (23 and 24 June)

As one of the world's leading law enforcement training events, key issues addressed at the INTERPOL Training Symposium were the latest innovations in law enforcement training, curriculum development and quality assurance across several areas including cybercrime, terrorism and human trafficking.

Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) which hosted the events, emphasized the need for a global, multi-stakeholder approach to police training.

“It is through partnerships with both academia and the private sector that law enforcement can harness the latest technologies and acquire the resources it needs to adapt to the rapidly evolving crime landscape,” said Mr Nakatani.

Focusing on three areas, cybercrime, money laundering and e-learning, the LE TrainNet meeting provided an opportunity for INTERPOL and UNODC to present their programmes on these topics. Participants  discussed the challenges they face in these areas and explored different ways to share expertise, training materials and methodologies.

LE TrainNet is a network of law enforcement training and educational institutions which promotes a more systematized, sustainable and inclusive form of cooperation among law enforcement training institutions internationally.

“Initiatives such as LE TrainNet and INTERPOL’s Training Symposium provide the international law enforcement community with important opportunities to share best practices, strengthen their networks and work together to develop new training tools,” said Tofik Murshudlu, Chief of the Implementation Support Section, Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, UNODC.

Director of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training unit, Julia Viedma, said it was important for all institutions in charge of implementing police training to build a solid international learning community.

“The fast evolution of security threats demands the sharing of joint resources at the national, regional and international level in order to maximize limited budgets and resources,” said Mrs Viedma.

The training events follow the recent signature of an agreement between INTERPOL and the UNODC to further enhance cooperation between the two organizations through the implementation of a Joint Action Plan across six common areas; terrorism, illicit trafficking and organized crime, cybercrime, maritime and border security, forensic and criminal justice capacity, and institutional capacity.