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Local experts key to the sustainability of the Transnational Crimes and Criminal Justice Project

Semarang (Indonesia), 27 June 2011 - In fewer than 18 months the Transnational Crimes and Criminal Justice Project of the UNODC Indonesia Project Office has already trained more than 1,000 participants to help bolster the capacity of the Indonesian National Police and other national law enforcement agencies to detect, prevent and investigate transnational crime in the country.

Designed to supplement the capacity of the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in the training of the Indonesian law enforcement agencies, the project aims to train an additional 1,000 persons before the end of 2012.

"The project may finish at the end of 2012", says Greg Linsdell, Project Coordinator, Transnational Crimes and Criminal Justice, Semarang Office. "But we hope that its influence will continue to be felt across Indonesia for many years to come through our trainer development programs and the local expert trainers."

Mr. Ajit Joy, UNODC Country Manager, Indonesia Project Office, says sustainability is a key objective of the project. "Apart from delivering a range of international transnational crime and criminal justice training programs this project has a significant investment in human capital, and this will be its lasting legacy."

The project's six Expert Transnational Crime Trainers include Mr. Gede Suardana, a veteran officer in the Indonesian National Police. Later this year, he will venture overseas for further training in combating transnational crime. "I will bring back what I learn to share with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation," he says.

Mr. Budi Setiyono has conducted extensive research on corruption and has been involved in various anti-corruption activities with non-governmental organisations and university networks. "By joining the UNODC programme, I will not only be able to share my knowledge and broaden my insights and perspective about corruption, but also advance my networks on combating corruption."

Mr. Herbin Siahaan, an experienced lawyer, has more than 15 years of experience working in police and security sector reform, transnational crime, human rights and counter-corruption.

Ms. Yuni Haryanti, a former project manager for the Asian Group, will provide training in money laundering and fraud in relation to the investigation of transnational crime.

Mr. Arya Perdana, a Senior Superintendent of the Indonesian National Police, has served for 10 years as a police officer working primarily on transnational crime. Before he joins the team he will undertake one final mission at Christmas Island where he works with the Australian Federal Police on a human smuggling investigation.

Mr. Imam Subandi, who is also a veteran of the Indonesian National Police and has an academic background in money laundering and its role in financing terrorism in Indonesia, says: "I feel lucky to be part of a great team which will help ensure the sustainability of JCLEC as an international training center in the future".