BISSAU POLICE UNDERGO UNODC COMPUTER BASED TRAINING ON LAW ENFORCEMENT

Police officers in Guinea Bissau now have access to the country's first Computer Based Training (CBT) Centre, consisting of 10 networked computers.

CBT is a powerful tool to train a large amount of officers in basic law enforcement techniques. The system comprises standardised training courses adapted to local realities and context, offering the chance to learn through an interactive, problem-solving approach. CBT provides for individual training that allows users to learn at their own pace, while ensuring the highest possible training standard. CBT modules have been developed by global experts in the different areas of law enforcement. The CBT centres are fully administered by local authorities and therefore sustainable investments. Additional information on CBT can be found at www.unodc-elearning.org.

The Centre has been established within the framework of the West-Africa Coast Initiative, a UN-family and Interpol partnership formed to assist four West-African countries (Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Cost) with the implementation of the  ECOWAS Regional Action Plan to fight Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in West Africa.

The CBT Centre was inaugurated on 22 July 2010 by the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) who joined forces with UNODC, INTERPOL, the Government of Guinea-Bissau, the European Union and the Government of Canada to secure access to this novel training tool that has already been successfully implemented in Southeast Asia as well as in West Africa, notably in Nigeria and Cape Verde. The monitoring of the implementation will fall under the responsibility of UNIOGBIS, which along with UNODC will evaluate the project implementation after its completion and share results with donors.

The laboratory is to contribute to ongoing reform of the security and defense sectors in Guinea-Bissau and to create awareness among law enforcement officers to perform their specific mission: the fight against criminality, the preservation of public order, the guarantee of social peace, and the development of the country. UNODC has been playing a lead role since 2007 in Bissau in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.