Training of Trainers (ToT) Mentoring Sessions for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police, Islamabad

6 May 2019, Islamabad - The UNODC and European Union remain committed to enhancing the professional skills of the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in effective counter mechanisms. In its efforts towards improving Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Police capacity, UNODC initiated the development of specialized training modules on pertinent topics related to terrorism, advanced investigation, and heinous crimes; along with trainings given by expert trainers on these subjects. Under Pakistan's Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) project, UNODC has conducted a series of trainings for selected police officials to be trained as trainers. The aim of these trainings is to not only enhance the capacity of the trainees but also to equip them to further train their respective teams so that a multiplier effect is achieved.

A week-long training of trainers (TOT) session was organized from 22 to 26 April 2019 in Islamabad, wherein 17 trainees attended the well-articulated sessions. The first day commenced with the formal opening of the session by Col. Ghulam Abbas (Retd), Senior Training and Programme Coordinato r UNODC: he presented the detailed working methodology and objectives of the session, after which the training rollout plan for the next six months was shared with the participants by Mr. Amanullah Khan, Programme Officer UNODC. The day included a series of quizzes to assess the present knowledge and standing of the participants; the evaluation outcome was then set as the baseline for the training. The day concluded with a lesson planning session delivered by Maj. Aftab Shuaib (Retd), Training Management Officer UNODC, in which the participants were introduced to the essence and purpose of proper lesson planning using the right methodologies. 

The remaining days of the training session remained interactive in nature as the participants were divided into groups and assigned topics and modules to develop lesson plans and present enabling objectives for each topic/lesson. The groups each presented their lesson plans and methodologies, following which the panel of experts assessed their abilities and skills. Specialized presentations were delivered on 'Presentation Delivery and Class Management' by Col Ghulam Abbas and 'General Considerations: Training Methods, Techniques, and Tools' by Maj Aftab Shuaib. The participants were asked to develop their lesson plans by including the latest tools and techniques, to enable effective and efficient learning mechanisms being incorporated therein.

On the last day of the training session, Dr. Fasihuddin, Deputy Inspector General Training KP Police, delivered a lecture on the 'Constraints in the Investigation of Terrorism Cases'. He highlighted the problems and challenges faced by investigators throughout the process of investigation, especially in relation to terrorism cases.

In his concluding remarks, Dr. Fasihuddin lauded the initiatives taken by UNODC in collaboration with the EU and remarked that these sessions were extremely important in the capacity building of Pakistan's LEAs. The Training of Trainer session was concluded with appreciative remarks from the participants endorsing the efforts of UNODC and the European Union in making  this event possible through their technical and financial support. The trainees acknowledged that these instructive sessions were helping build their capacity for effective investigation, whereas the developed training modules were a significant tool in enhancing their knowledge and operational efficiency.