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24 November 2017

INTERPOL training aims to strengthen investigative capacity of maritime agencies in Southeast Asia

SEMARANG, Indonesia – Enhancing maritime security across Southeast Asia was the focus of an INTERPOL training course in Indonesia.

Conducted by INTERPOL and the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the INTERPOL regional maritime security training aimed to strengthen the capacity of countries in the region to secure the maritime domain using INTERPOL's global policing capabilities including its I-24/7 secure police communications system, notices alerts and databases of stolen and lost travel documents, maritime piracy and stolen vessels.

Participants in the five-day (13 - 17 November) course also received training on best practices in conducting maritime crime scene investigations, with particular focus on evidence collection, documentation, interviewing techniques, recognition and identification of drugs and explosives, and responding to terrorist incidents.

Classroom training at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) was complemented by practical exercises to process mock crime scenes.

Some 20 officials from 11 different maritime security agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam, including the marine police, navy, national police, customs, Coast Guard, Ministries of Marine Affairs and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) took part in the training course.

Addressing delegates during the closing ceremony, Police Brigadier General Puji Sarwono, Executive Director of JCLEC, affirmed JCLEC’s commitment to strengthening regional cooperation through training and the exchange of best practices.

The session was the first to be held under the framework of INTERPOL’s Project Mast, a two-year capacity building initiative funded by the Government of Canada to strengthen the institutional capacity of maritime law enforcement agencies to combat terrorism, piracy and armed robbery at sea in the four target countries.

The training session was also attended by observers from the Government of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.