CAC Investigators Exercise Tactical Police Operations with PNTL

Dili, 19/10/2012Fourteen Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) Investigators participate this week an intensive three-day joint operations training with the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) in the Police Training Center in Rairobo, Atabae, sub-district of Bobonaro. This is the first joint tactical and operational training following the Cooperation Agreement between CAC and PNTL this last September.

The concentrated training emphasized on police operations which involves basic specialized skills on how to conduct operations in the field such as, police shooting, chasing, arresting and handling of suspects, vehicle interception and check-point.

The joint operation training started from the police shooting range in Kaitehu, Liquica district, where the investigators learned about shooting techniques and was followed by chasing and arresting techniques in the Marine Compound in Atabae town and vehicle check-point and vehicle interception techniques while on the way up to the PNTL training center in Rairobo.

The joint-training was led directly by PNTL General Commander Longuinhos Monteiro and was assisted by several national police instructors from Crime Investigation Service (SIC), Border Patrol, Maritime Unit and three other special police units: Special Operation Group (GOE), Public Order Battalion (BOP) and Close Protection Police (CSP) and CAC advisers.

On the second day, the investigators were exposed to a simulation of problem solving involving an organized crime about money laundry activities—here, the investigators were asked to work with the Crime Investigation Service performing the entire process of handling a corruption case from gathering and analyzing information until the process was taken to the court.

The physical training continued on the third day including refreshing on some of the basic skills learned earlier.

The joint-operation training ended today and the closing ceremony was attended by Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission Adérito de Jesus Soares and Deputy Commissioner Manuel Continho Bucar and General PNTL Commander Longuinhos Monteiro at the PNTL Headquarter Caicoli, Dili.

During the closing ceremony, both Commissioner Adérito and Police Commander Monteiro congratulate all participants as well as instructors for the successful joint training between PNTL and CAC and state about the importance of joint-training and collaboration between the two institutions and to be more organized in tackling organized crime such as corruption cases. Commissioner Adérito said: “Corruption is an organized crime and as such we (CAC and PNTL) need to be more organized in order to be more effective in handling corruption cases. We need to learn and work together to carry out this important mission of combating corruption forward.”

Commander Montéiro said: “We (CAC and PNTL) should be proud of what we have done together in terms of joint-training to capacity our human resources—this is just the beginning, PNTL will continue to open our door to provide support and cooperate with CAC in any circumstance as needed.”

More join-operation trainings between CAC and PNTL are expected to take place in the future.

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