Swat Regional Police Training Centre Receives 'eLearning' Curricula on Crime Prevention and Investigation from UNODC

18 October 2018, Swat - The Regional Police Training Centre Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), has received the UNODC Global eLearning curricula from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to enhance the core policing and law enforcement skills of its police officers on international standards. 

Syed Fida Hussain Shah, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Training), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inaugurated the eLearning Centre along with UNODC Country Representative Cesar Guedes at the Swat Training Centre. This was the fourth eLearning Centre established for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, raising the total to 56 number of eLearning centres established across twenty law enforcement agencies by UNODC.
The DIG Police Training on the occasion lauded UNODC's efforts to introduce 'eLearning' as a modern and innovative method of delivering training to law enforcement personnel on over a hundred topics covering the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes. He said, "eLearning is a great initiative of UNODC to address the contemporary law enforcement capacity building and training needs in the context that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has passed through multidimensional internal security challenges including terrorism, with devastating effect to the lives and liberties of the people of the province. These challenges necessitated the police to be equipped with the latest in modern investigation equipment, knowledge, and methods to effectively counter the menace of crime and terrorism".
Syed Fida Hussain Shah further elaborated that the KP Police had established several specialized police training schools to meet those challenges; with adaptation of the latest training curricula, and upgradation of the training institutes' entire infrastructure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. "UNODC's contribution by establishing four eLearning centres at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's police training institutes, including the Swat Regional Police Training Centre will help police officers expand their knowledge in the required areas of the law enforcement and to maximize their capabilities beyond traditional policing, for better service delivery to the public", he further added.
UNODC Country Representative Mr. Cesar Guedes speaking on the occasion expressed that the opening of 56th law enforcement eLearning Centre at the Regional Police Training Centre in Swat was another milestone achieved in the long history of the efforts by UNODC. He said that UNODC's eLearning courses had been designed to deliver to the trainees the standardized curricula as part of their basic, advanced, promotional, and refresher training courses being organized at the Police Training Centre Swat. "eLearning centres established across the four locations at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police training institutions have together accomplished imparting of training to over 5,000 police personnel on core policing and law enforcement functions, whilst addressing their performance gaps and optimizing their intellectual capacity", Mr. Guedes informed while addressing to the successful trainees of Course during Certificates Distribution Ceremony held at Regional Police Training Centre Swat.
Highlighting further the achievements made under UNODC's PACT (Pakistan's Action to Counter Terrorism) Programme, aimed at the strengthening of prevention, investigation, and prosecution capacity in terrorism related cases, with special reference to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the UNODC Representative said that specialized training modules on counter terrorism investigation, explosives handling, intelligence, and information technology (IT) were being developed by UNODC to be integrated into the police training curricula at all specialized training schools of the KP Police.
Mr Cesar Guedes elaborated that under the Programme several training workshops had been organized by UNODC for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and Prosecution Departments on the subjects of Witness Protection, Threat Assessment, and Proactive Approaches to Counter Terrorism, aiming at raising the capacity of their work forces against emerging terrorism-related challenges. "Our efforts will improve the inter-agency and inter-provincial coordination among Pakistani law enforcement agencies in countering serious crimes and terrorism, as well as will promote human rights-compliant judicial processes. These achievements encourage us to explore further opportunities for cooperation with the Government of Pakistan in related areas under UNODC's mandates including criminal justice, and controlling drugs and organized crime", he stated. 
The UNODC Pakistan Representative along with the DIG Police (Training) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also visited the training facilities at the Regional Police Training Centre Swat, developed with UNDP's assistance under the Rule of Law Project, including the Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory and the lecture and conference rooms. Mr. Guedes subsequently distributed Certificates among successful trainees who completed the eLearning modules under the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Promotional Course. He also planted a tree at the premises of Regional Police Training Centre Swat.
The eLearning Centre at the Regional Police Training Centre Swat has been established under UNODC Pakistan's Country Programme II (2016-2019), supported by the European Union and the Government of Denmark. 



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