ACSRT CAPACITY BUILDING EXCHANGE MISSION INTERPOL (SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL BUREAU, HARARE)

As part of the ACSRT’s continued effort to enhance capacity building capability as well as boost networking with other institutions in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, the Director of the Centre tasked the Training Specialist, Mr. Elias Benyu, to visit the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for Southern Africa.

Mr. Benyu was to meet the Head of Training (Mr. Goyayi Mabula Goyayi) so that they would oriented each other on the capacity building programmes of the two organizations, the training approaches used, the way their training programs are initiated, the way training materials are developed, how each of them can improve their training programmes as well explore mechanisms of future cooperation in training matters.

During the discussions, Mr. Benyu discovered that INTERPOL’s training areas are almost the same with those of ACSRT and where they differ, they complement each other. The main capacity building areas of interest that INTERPOL undertake include Legal Aspects of Terrorism (which complements ACSRT’s Judicial training program), Intelligence and Counter Intelligence (which complements ACSRT’s Intelligence Gathering, Analysis and Evaluation course), Border Control ((which complements ACSRT’s Border Control training program) and,  Role of the media (which will also guide ACSRT in developing the training program on Private Sector and Civic Society  Engagement in the fight against terrorism).

Training Approach

Concerning training approach, the INTERPOL regional bureau usually conducts training in a multi-phased approach. They, depending on the type of training, conduct introductory training for a period not exceeding two weeks. The participants are released to their work stations to apply the learnt techniques and skills. A follow up training program is conducted after a considerable period of, say, six months. Training needs are obtained through feedback from the field and they will form the basis of further training programmes.

Training Material Preparation

During the presentation and discussion, it was gathered that INTERPOL Sothern Africa Bureau’s training manuals are developed by a team of experts.  Each trainer is responsible for developing his/ her training material and presents it before a training and publications committee. The materials from the different trainer

s are then taken for publishing by a reputable publishing company. The bottom line is that development of manuals is not vested in one person but a group of module-specific experts from the region and beyond.

Scope for Future cooperation

The Head of training expressed his wish to see the two organizations collaborating in future training programs. This may also be initiated by inviting experts from each organization to present during trainings of the other.

CONCLUSION:

During the presentation and discussions it was concluded that there is an urgent need to strengthen cooperation with regional bodies like INTERPOL Southern Africa Bureau in the fight against terrorism and organized crime.