John Abbott chair brainstorms with Interpol
Police training topped agenda
According to colleagues, Jim Anderson, a humble man, would be the last to brag about sharing “expert” police knowledge with international crime solvers from 188 countries.
But that’s what the chairperson for John Abbott College’s Police Technology department did last December.
Anderson was one of 24 people invited to join Interpol, the International Criminal PoliceOrganization, during a two-day workshop titled: Group ofExperts onTraining.
The event that focused on training police officers and sharing knowledge was held in Lyon, France on December 10 and 11.
John Abbott College says Anderson is “recognized as an international training expert by Interpol.”
Anderson’s invitation came from someone who not only knew about John Abbott, but whograduated fromthe localCEGEP.
“One of our success stories isDale Sheehan, a former RCMP officer who graduated from John Abbott. Now he’s in charge of Interpol for police training,” Anderson said.
In addition to training future police officers in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Anderson cofounded International Managers of Police Academy and CollegeTraining, IMPACT.
He says his work with that groupwas beneficial when sitting around the table with police experts theworld over.
“The goal of IMPACT is to enhance the quality of law enforcement and policing at the international level through education and training and that’s justwhatwe were discussing at Interpol,” he said.
Also attending the seminar wereU.S. representatives fromthe FBI, police experts from Turkey, the United Nations, South America as well as fromthe European PoliceOffice.
His take-away from the event and one he can share with those attending John Abbott’s Police Technology Program is the benefit bilingualism offers graduates on the global police market.
“The United Nations is desperately looking for bilingual women who speak French and English,” Anderson explained. “They have tons of applicants from the United States but they’re not bilingual speaking French and that’s what they need,” he added.
Interpol, created in 1923, is the largest international police organization in the world. It includes 188membercountries.
Its job is to facilitate cross-border cooperation, support and to offer assistance to police fighting international crime.
Interpol’s six priority areas include: drugs and criminal organizations; financial and high-tech crimes; fugitives; public safety and terrorism; human trafficking; corruption.
“Interpol is number one on intelligence sharing... putting the dots together and then networking,” explained Anderson, adding that he hopes to participate in a second training taking place in Argentina next fall.
Jim Anderson, chairperson for John Abbott College’s Police Technology department, was one of 24 people to work with Interpol last December.