Two week Train-the-Trainer (ToT) and a 3 day Specialist Investigative Techniques training

Islamabad - The UNODC Country Office in Pakistan (UNODC COPAK), in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), conducted a two-week long "Train-the-Trainer" (ToT) course, in addition to a 3 day long training course on Specialist Investigative Techniques, in Islamabad for law enforcement officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The objective of these courses was to expose the participants to modern training methods.

 UNODC COPAK has implemented numerous innovative and ground-breaking initiatives under its Country Programme 2010-2015, many of which have been the first of their kind in Pakistan. One of these initiatives is the ToT programme, which specifically works to enhance the capacity and resourcefulness of the professional trainers employed by various law enforcement training academies in the country. As a component of this programme, UNODC COPAK recently organised a two-week long training course for the benefit of FIA trainers on methods related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling (HTMS).

In total, 11 FIA officials attended the ToT course. The participants brought a wealth of experience from their respective fields, which contributed towards the planning and delivery of the training, thereby making it increasingly realistic, practical and innovative. A particular emphasis was placed on interviewing and investigative techniques. The experience-based training increased the confidence of the participants, strengthening their own belief in their ability to deliver effective, quality training. Furthermore, the training focused on improving the presentation and interpersonal skills of the participants, through the delivery of short presentations.  

The ToT course involved the participating students being asked to execute situational based scenarios in different exercises, with various settings depicting conditions likely to be experienced on the ground. The response from the students was overwhelmingly positive, and was made evident by their enthusiastic participation.

They subsequently shared their experiences and expressed their confidence in being able to solve problems with the new approaches and ideas introduced to them in the course. On the basis of this successful experience, UNODC COPAK will undertake similar training courses in the near future involving different law enforcement agencies.

These training endeavours will facilitate the development, acceptance and commitment of qualified national trainers towards the integration of the best international practices into national training curricula. In coordination with national and international training experts, UNODC COPAK will continue to organise training workshops for LEA personnel.

Mr. Sajid Aslam from UNODC COPAK and Mr. Chris Bichler from the RCMP jointly conducted this particular ToT course.