Indonesian law enforcement strengthened against Transnational Organized Crime
Semarang (Indonesia), 14 June 2010 - The Indonesian National Police (INP) is the frontline agency responsible for combating transnational crime. Strengthening the INP is thus essential to improving Indonesia's vulnerability to transnational crime. A strategy to strengthen the INP would include, at a minimum, strengthening Indonesia's governance, border management, and intelligence.
In the Indonesian National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJM) 2004‑2009, overcoming and managing transnational crime is a core priority, but the Government of Indonesia (GOI) attributes Indonesia's slow progress in this area to low police professionalism. The RPJM foresees improving police education and training, enhancing police competence in core tasks and developing specialised skills amongst police. Therefore, UNODC aims to directly support this programme through its selected activities.
As part of UNODC's European Commission-funded
project on transnational crime and criminal justice a senior management and investigation course was held from 17 to 27 May in Semarang, Indonesia. The course took place at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation and delivered by the United Kingdom's National Policing Improvement Agency, a partner of UNODC in the project. Forty-nine senior officers of the Indonesian National Police were trained during the 10-day course.
The closing ceremony was led by Don Craill, Australian Federal Agent and Executive Director of Programmes at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation, and Gary Lewis, UNODC Representative for East Asia and the Pacific. It was also attended by Ade Rahmat Suhendi, Senior Superintendent of the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation, Ajit Joy, UNODC Crime Prevention Expert, and Richard Barton, Robert Varey and John Cook from the United Kingdom's National Policing Improvement Agency.
At the ceremony, Mr. Lewis congratulated the participants and the highly experienced trainers from the United Kingdom's National Policing Improvement Agency. Mr. Lewis stressed the necessity of measuring the impact of the training, pointing out that "it is important to learn how much of what is taught in our courses is applied by the participants in their work places and how much of it is leading to organizational change".
The transnational crime and criminal justice project is being implemented by UNODC with three partners: the
Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan-Indonesia), the
National Policing Improvement Agency (United Kingdom) and
Charles Sturt University (Australia). The project aims to improve the rule of law and security in Indonesia by strengthening the investigative and management capacity of the Indonesian National Police and other law enforcement agencies dealing with transnational crimes. Through these series of courses, 1,800 law enforcement officials will receive specialized training. The "Strategic Criminal Justice Improvement Course" will be held on 14 June 2010.