John Ab­bott chair brains­torms with In­ter­pol

Po­lice trai­ning top­ped agen­da

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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.”

In­vi­ta­tion

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.

Lo­cal be­ne­fit

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.

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