Police officers in crime scene probe and anti-piracy courses


29-March-2012

The police officers, guests and the lecturers in a souvenir photo

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ran the two-week course on countering piracy and drugs, which was attended by 11 officers.

The International Police (Interpol) through two specialists of the Norwegian Police, ran the Forensic Crime Scene Investigation and Analytical Training Programme which was attended by eight local police officers.

The two courses were a follow-up to similar training held last year.
Its closing ceremony was held at the police headquarters and attended by Chief Superintendent Godfrey Hermitte, representatives of the National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA), of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the foreign trainers.

The head of the Scientific Support and Crime Record Bureau (SCCRC) Reginald Elizabeth said the courses marked another milestone in the fight against crime.

“In this day and age where criminals are becoming more sophisticated in the criminal activities, it is of paramount importance that we also become more efficient and keep abreast of the latest technology and development in crime combating,” he said.

Mr Elizabeth said for the past two weeks, the police have benefitted from the expertise of Interpol and the UNODC – “two of our main partners in upgrading our officers’ skills and knowledge in different areas of crime scene management, investigation software and information analysis which is crucial to solving crime”.

The training equipped our officers with a more profound insight and know-how to analyse data from investigation files, and gave them knowledge from the Analyst Notebook.

Chief Superintendent Elizabeth said officers from the police, NDEA and the FIU will also benefit from software and equipment from the UNODC which will help them in their duties.

“We need to use modern methods of investigation with innovative technology and to respond quickly. That will help us reduce crime and ensure public safety,” he said.

Sub-inspector Aubrey Quatre from the local Interpol unit said it will be a challenge to implement what has been learned at the course.

“We are now more confident and assured that the knowledge will be put to good use in future.”
He, however, cautioned that this cannot happen overnight and solicited the support of all police officers and the public.

The Interpol is based in Lyon, France. The course was led by Serge Epouhe with trainers Tommy Johansen and Menno Kersbegen –both specialists of the Norwegian police.

For the UNODC course, Bruce Bursik was the training coordinator while the main training was given by Miroslav Prjvic.

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