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Fighting a global menace: Indonesia hosts regional transnational crime training forum

Semarang (Indonesia), 27 April 2011 - "Global challenges require global solutions", said the Head of the Indonesian National Police Training, Commissioner General Dr. Oegroseno as he addressed the participants of the Regional Transnational Crime Training Forum, held at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation from 28 March to 1 April 2011.

The purpose of the forum was to provide an opportunity for senior representatives from transnational crime training centers from around the world to meet and interact with their peers. Participants were provided with an opportunity to showcase their own agencies, and took part in a facilitated discussion regarding how the various agencies can work more closely together in the future.

Participating in the inaugural forum were delegates from the Turkish Academy for Drugs and Organized Crime, the Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and INTERPOL in France. Being a regional forum, Indonesia and its neighbours were very well represented with delegates from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Ajit Joy, UNODC Country Manager for Indonesia, gave a key note address on the threat of transnational and organized crime. He spoke about its complexity, marketization and links to corruption emphasizing that "transnational organized crime is not just a law enforcement problem but a political, economic and social problem".

Also present at the forum, was Mr. Jean Francois Gadeceau, Assistant Director at INTERPOL, who discussed the advances INTERPOL is making in its 4th Core Function of capacity building. Of particular interest to the delegates was the on-going work on Interpol's global learning centre. The learning centre is a web-based portal giving authorized users access to a comprehensive range of online learning products and training resources.

When being asked about the benefits of attending the forum, the participants reported that in addition to increased networking and cooperation, the biggest benefit for them was learning what everyone else is doing in the region and of practices that they can apply in their own agencies.

The Regional Transnational Crime Training Forum was established under a project funded by the European Union.