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UNODC equips local trainers with professional skills in Indonesia

Semarang (Indonesia), 2 March 2011
- On 24 January a two week trainer development programme was launched at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Semarang, Central Java. Implemented by UNODC, the trainer development programme is designed to enhance the capacity of already experienced trainers from various law enforcement agencies. These are officials who already have responsibility for developing and delivering training on topics such as investigations, transnational crime, counter terrorism, intelligence gathering, leadership and professional standards.

The programme aims to enhance the professional capabilities of the participants who are encouraged to deliver 'train the trainer' packages back in their own training centres and to increase the pool of local presenters available for further courses at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. Ultimately, the Indonesian public will benefit as strengthened law enforcement capacities will help to contain the threat of transnational crime, thereby increasing the rule of law and security in Indonesia.

Acknowledging the expertise of the trainers who attended the programme, the focus of training was to explain the importance of adopting a variety of teaching methods to engage students with different learning styles. This requires a change in mindset from teacher centred learning towards the student centred learning, meaning that the focus is on the students learning needs rather than the teacher. "I have applied the learning outcomes of the trainer development programme I received at Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation directly with the teachers at the Education Centre of Police Intelligence. They liked it a lot and were receptive to the new learning methods as they considered them to be more effective", explained a training participant.

In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the different delivery methods the two week module actually utilised a wide range of teaching methodologies. Training days consisted of a mixture of interactive master lectures, syndicated group work and presentations by participants to consolidate the learning and thereby providing the opportunity to continually refine and develop presentation skills.

Pre and post course assessments conducted by UNODC clearly highlight the effectiveness of the training. A 70 per cent knowledge increase was recorded between tests taken prior to the training being delivered and test taken after the course was completed. A total of 50 students participated in the first module of the trainer development programme with 36 of the representatives coming from the Indonesian National Police, six from Corruption Eradication Commission, two from the Indonesia Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and six from the Attorney General's Office.

Under UNODC European Union funded project "Support to improved security by provision of capacity building to the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation" this training was delivered, alongside national training experts, by trainers from the Charles Sturt University of Australia.