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The Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation launches immersive training facility

Semarang (Indonesia), 4 May 2011 - Between 28 February and 11 March, a Senior Management Investigation Programme was delivered at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC). The programme equips senior managers of the Indonesian National Police with an understanding of transnational crime, the tools required to make informed strategic decisions and anticipate risks through sound intelligence gathering.

In order to sharpen the decision making skills of the Indonesian National Police senior management staff, real time simulation exercises were carried out by utilizing the newly developed immersive training facility at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

Immersive learning typically involves engaging several small groups of participants consisting of four to seven people in a scenario based exercise. Realism is enhanced through the use of a variety of inputs such as video, voice recordings, telephone records and written documents in an attempt to duplicate the a working environment. Groups work as a unit to address the challenges presented by the unfolding situation and their decisions are recorded. All groups receive the same inputs but their decisions invariably differ. The groups are brought together at key points to discuss their considerations and decision, thereby developing their abilities and understanding.

UNODC Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice Project constantly strives to further development in design, delivery, implementation and evaluation of its training programmes. Therefore, UNODC Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice Project Office has now implemented a further evaluation exercise in this particular immersion training programme. There are two types of pre and post test scoring on one chart. One is what is called 'Subjective Self Assessment' and the other one is called 'Objective Test.' In the subjective evaluation participants assess themselves against the questions asked pre and post course with a maximum score is 5. In the objective evaluation a knowledge-based multiple choice test is applied to assess the increase of the knowledge level of the participants and the maximum score in this test is 9.

Initial evaluation of the course delivery showed an increase in knowledge of the topic areas and a high level of student satisfaction. Participants of the Senior Management Investigation Programme have expressed that the course was a new and interesting experience and they actually felt the pressure and realism of the incident in which they have been 'immersed'. Participants also expressed that the debrief sessions were valuable in fostering ideas and understanding the importance of the decision making process in senior management roles of law enforcement.

The Senior Management Investigation Programme was facilitated by experts from the National Policing Improvement Agency of the United Kingdom and a total of 46 students were trained in subjects ranging from strategic, operational and tactical management of investigation, the intelligence cycle, crime mapping and risk management, strategy development and decision making skills as well as methods of enhancing international law enforcement cooperation.

The course was the first of two courses to be conducted this year as part of the European Commission funded project which is implemented by UNODC designed to assist the Indonesian National Police in dealing with critical incidents.