|Titled Countering Money Laundering this year, ARLEMP is a three-week training programme that helps build police co-operation to take on cross-border crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, terrorism, and human trafficking. — Photo tinmoi
HCM CITY (VNS) — The 36th Asia Region Law Enforcement Management Programme opened at RMIT University in HCM City yesterday with 25 law enforcement officials from19 countries in the region attending.
Titled Countering Money Laundering this year, ARLEMP is a three-week training programme that helps build police co-operation to take on cross-border crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering, cyber-crime, terrorism, and human trafficking.
In the past nine years over 650 police and law enforcement officials from 25 countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia and Australia have participated in the programme, including over 200 Vietnamese police.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner for Operation Sovereign Borders, Steve Lancaster, said: "Money laundering is the life blood of organised crime. Your job is to cut off the supply.
"We must all move to better understand money laundering and enhance our skills and improve our confidence to attack it. This is not only necessary, but is an essential capability now required of law enforcement agencies operating in the transnational criminal environment."
Lieutenant General Trieu Van Dat, deputy director general of Viet Nam's Police General Department on Crime Prevention and Suppression, said: "Money laundering not only helps criminals hide the origin of the illegal assets but also provide grounds for them to enjoy those assets and reinvest the assets which have been laundered into other criminal activities."
He encouraged participants to exchange knowledge and experiences and become a positive factor in their countries' fight against organised crime.
RMIT Viet Nam President Professor Gael McDonald said the university is proud to be an educational partner in the effort for cross-border collaboration across law enforcement agencies.
"Our approach involves engaging with ARLEMP participants to share experiences and ask questions to improve the global criminal justice response to significant international issues such as money laundering."
Through their coordinated efforts ARLEMP graduates are mobilising successful actions to combat serious organised crime including money laundering, people smuggling, and human trafficking. — VNS