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Project on transnational crime and criminal justice kicks-off in Indonesia

Semarang (Central Java - Indonesia), 19 April 2010 - More than 80 people gathered at the JCLEC Training Center in Semarang on 12 April 2010 to attend the opening ceremony of the project Support to improved security by provision of capacity building to the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation (JCLEC) "The project aims to improve the rule of law and security in Indonesia by strengthening the investigative and management capacities of the Indonesian National Police and other law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent and investigate serious transnational crime", said Mr. Erik Habers, Head of Operations of the European Union in his opening speech at the inauguration of UNODC's project, funded by the European Union.

The inauguration also marked the start of the first training course within the project. "I hope you receive many benefits from the training programme and hope that you can take what you have learnt back to your daily work" said Police Inspectorate General SY Wenas to 50 senior police officers selected to attend the ten-day course. The course, 'Combating transnational organised crime', is led by the project partner Charles Sturt University (Australia), a leading provider of police training worldwide.

The three year, 5 million-Euros project will cover courses on management and investigation of serious transnational crime, specialized management of corruption, specialized management of financial crime, national organized crime and counter terrorism, strategic criminal justice improvement, criminal justice management and executive senior crime and command.

Also attending the inauguration were UNODC's other project partners, the Partnership for Governance Reform (Indonesia) and the National Policing Improvement Agency (United Kingdom), representatives of the Australian Federal Police and other law enforcement agencies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Supreme Court, Indonesian National Police and UNODC.

It is expected that 1,800 law enforcement officials will benefit from the project, including 1,470 senior Indonesian National Police staff, 30 investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission, 30 analysts from the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, 200 prosecutors, 40 judges and representatives of civil society. The next training course, Senior Management Investigation Course, will commence 3rd May and will be led by National Policing Improvement Agency.