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1000th course participant successfully graduates from trainer development programme in Indonesia

Semarang (Indonesia), 26 May 2011 - On Friday 19 May 2011, Second Inspector, Ms. Tiwi Handayani, a trainer with the Indonesia National Police became the 1000th participant to graduate from UNODC "Trainer Development Programme" at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. This trainer development programme forms an integral part of UNODC overall project on transnational crime and criminal justice in Indonesia.

The trainer development programme is designed to enhance the capacity of trainers from the Indonesian National Police, the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the Attorney General's Office, who have the responsibility for developing and delivering training in investigations, transnational crime, counter-terrorism, intelligence, 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 share what they have learned.

Ms. Handayani was one of 44 trainers who completed the three modules of the trainer development programme which provides advanced training for trainers working in the law enforcement sector. In November 2011, Ms. Handayani will travel, together with other programme participants, to Australia for the completion of the final course module. The programmes last module is a study tour which will allow participants to observe international training methods first hand.

Senior Instructor, Mr. Dick Barton of the United Kingdom's National Policing Improvement Agency observed that this programme, having been designed specifically for law enforcement trainers and taught by experienced police and university educators, under the tutelage of the Charles Sturt University of Australia, is "undoubtedly one of the most advanced and practical courses of its type anywhere."

The new skills of some of the participants were put to use even before programme completion. Mr. Ferdinand Andi Lolo of the Attorney General's Office gave a lesson on international anti-corruption strategies at a workshop on Integrated Management of Corruption, while Indonesian National Police Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Arya Perdana delivered a lesson to the People Smuggling Investigation Programme prior completion of the programme itself. Mr. Perdana commented that "it was most effective to be able to employ the new skills and techniques I have picked up from the programme."

All course participants are evaluated pre and post training and the impressive average session evaluation score of 3.7 out of 5 indicates a high standard of course delivery. Interestingly, participants rated their knowledge increase at 28 per cent, whereas the objective test on knowledge gained post course revealed a 56 per cent increase. This builds on the 70 per cent increase achieved during module 1 which was held in January 2011 and suggests that participants learnt a great deal during this programme.

Participants also agree that the course delivers high quality training and learning. Mr. Lolo concluded his session by saying that: "This is by far the best training programme I have ever taken part in."

UNODC Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice Project is a three-year project funded by the European Union and designed to improve security by developing the investigative and management capacities of the Indonesia National Police and other law enforcement agencies. By developing and enhancing the skills of the trainers within these agencies the project hopes to create a sustainable multiplier effect that will reach across Indonesia and last for many years to come.