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INTERPOL training symposium in Ethiopia focuses on 21st century policing challenges

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – More than 150 delegates from 40 countries have gathered in Addis Ababa to take part in the 19th INTERPOL Training Symposium. It will focus on the latest innovations in law enforcement training, and equipping officers to meet the challenges of policing in the twenty-first century.

Delivered in partnership with the Ethiopian Federal Police, the theme of the three-day event (1-3 December) is ‘Enhancing the efficiency of law enforcement learning activities’.

The Symposium brings together Heads of Police Training Academies and Colleges and other relevant academic institutions from across INTERPOL’s member countries, as well as experts on police training from international organizations.

These include the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC), John Abbott College, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Institute for Security Studies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Assefa Abiyu, Commissioner General of the Ethiopian Federal Police, underscored Ethiopia’s desire to demonstrate leadership in developing effective international training standards by hosting the Symposium.

“Ethiopia recognizes the importance of police training in order to better equip police with the tools to combat emerging and existing threats on a national, regional and global scale,” said Mr Abiyu.

Dale Sheehan, Director of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, reaffirmed INTERPOL’s commitment to enhancing police capacity through strengthening networks of innovative trainers.

Addressing the delegates at the opening ceremony, Mr Sheehan underlined “the need to develop solutions and partnerships to combat any existing or emerging threat and to develop strong training solutions to ensure operational police officers have all the tools they need”.

During the three-day Symposium, delegates will be briefed on INTERPOL’s current and future capacity building activities in its 190 member countries, including the activities of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.