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21 December 2017

INTERPOL training to strengthen investigative capacity of Indonesian maritime agencies

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Strengthening the investigative capacity of maritime agencies was the focus of an INTERPOL national maritime security training in Indonesia.

Participants in the five-day (4 - 8 December) course received training on best practices in conducting maritime crime scene investigations, ranging from vessel boarding and search procedures to evidence collection, documentation and processing.

The course also sought to enhance inter-agency collaboration and information sharing using INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities, including its wanted people alerts and databases of stolen and lost travel documents, stolen vessels and maritime piracy.

Participants put their newfound skills into practice by processing mock crime scenes on board a vessel provided by the Indonesian Marine Police.

The course was delivered by experts from INTERPOL, the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesian Navy, and INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Indonesia, gathering some 24 officials from four different Indonesian maritime security agencies including the Marine Police, Navy, Customs, and Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

Addressing delegates during the opening ceremony, Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte, Secretary of INTERPOL’s NCB in Indonesia, said: “Maritime security must be viewed as a joint responsibility and addressed in a coordinated manner at the national, regional and global level.”

Peter MacArthur, Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, underscored Canada’s commitment to working with Southeast Asian countries to identify and address terrorist threats. Ambassador MacArthur noted that such trainings ‘provide a vital opportunity to build relationships and strengthen collaboration to defeat the threats to maritime security in Indonesia and around the world’.

This training session was the first in a series of national sessions 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 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam.

An observer from the Canadian Embassy in Jakarta also took part in the training session.