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Investing in a safer future: EU, UNODC and INP strengthened capacity of JCLEC

Semarang (Indonesia), 28 November 2013
- A project to strengthen law enforcement in Indonesia concluded on 28 November 2013, having successfully trained over 2,500 law enforcement officers at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) as well as with mobile training in cities such as Jayapura, Ambon, Balikpapan, Manado and Palangkaraya to tackle transnational organised crime.

The project, entitled "Support to Improved Security by Provision of Capacity Building to the JCLEC", was launched in November 2009 with funding from the European Union (EU). The project was implemented by UNODC and partners - Kemitraan, Charles Sturt University and UK College of Policing - contributed to improving 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.

The project was also successful in creating the National Faculty concept where 6 (six) local experts from various government institutions are recruited and trained to assist the delivery of training courses. Other achievements of the project include setting up a comprehensive training evaluation system, furthering cooperation between JCLEC and law enforcement training academies of other ASEAN countries, and the establishment of "KERIS" - a state of the art immersive learning system to enhance decision making and analysis skills of law enforcement officers.

"It was very fortunate for UNODC to have worked with professionals in the region who are very committed in tackling transnational crime. Bilateral partners, namely the Indonesian National Police and the Australian Federal Police, have provided the project with a world class law enforcement complex, the JCLEC. Local partner Kemitraan was definitely part of our strength in delivering the programmes in local context", said Mr. Troels Vester. "Moreover, Charles Sturt University's expertise was also vital in creating of the National Faculty concept as well as the UK College of Policing which provided high quality decision making courses for the future commanders of the Indonesian National Police. The combination of these valuable experts made the project successful", added Mr. Vester.

"Transnational organised crime is one of the biggest threats to democracy and human security, impeding the social, political, and economic development of societies worldwide", stated Mr. Andreas Roettger, Head of Economic and Regional Cooperation/Good Governance of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN. "The EU recognises international cooperation in this field. We are glad to have brought together a strong team to contribute to enhanced security and safety for the benefit of Indonesia, its people and its partners", added Mr. Roettger.

To mark the conclusion of the project, a panel discussion on "Cooperation among Law Enforcement Agencies in the Fight against Environmental Crimes" was held at JCLEC and attended by Republic of Indonesia law enforcement officials, academics and the diplomatic community.