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Indonesian response to transnational crime gets a boost from UNODC

Jakarta (Indonesia), 13 January 2010 - "Transnational crime is a global crime and therefore requires a comprehensive and synergistic approach to counter it both at the national and regional levels," said Commissioner General Dr. Ito Sumardi, Head of Criminal Investigation Department of the Indonesian National Police, at a seminar introducing the UNODC project for building capacity within the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

Commissioner General Sumardi added that "the police are not able to work alone. Therefore, it is necessary to get support from other parties", and thanked the project's partners and the European Union for providing funding.

Through this three-year, 5 million-euro project, the investigative and management capacities of the Indonesian National Police and other law enforcement agencies in Indonesia will be strengthened, improving those agencies' ability to detect, prevent and investigate serious transnational crime. The project will help JCLEC to train officers and other law enforcement personnel by establishing a comprehensive training and staff development programme.

UNODC will be the project implementer alongside its partners: Charles Sturt University (Australia), the Partnership for Governance Reform (Indonesia), the National Policing Improvement Agency (United Kingdom) and the Indonesian National Police. 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.

During the seminar, UNODC Crime Prevention Expert Ajit Joy, Australian Federal Police Agent and JCLEC Secretariat Coordinator Jane Craill and Executive Director of the Partnership for Governance Reform Wicaksono Sarosa also spoke. All of them stated that they looked forward to working closely with the Indonesian National Police over the next three years, with the hope of creating capable local trainers. Laode Syarif of the Partnership gave a detailed presentation of the project that was followed by a question-and-answer session.

Fifty-five participants were invited to attend the seminar. Among them were senior Indonesian National Police officers, representatives from the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, the Witness and Victim Protection Agency, JCLEC, the Partnership for Governance Reform, UNODC and representatives of the local media.