New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

New Zealand Police provide counter-terrorism training in Hanoi

A team of senior trainers coordinated by New Zealand Police has delivered a second specialised counter-terrorism training course to 20 Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security (VMPS) personnel in Hanoi.

The course, held 26-30 October, followed a first successful first course held here in November 2008 and was again delivered in co-operation with the VMPS Institute of Forensic Science. The latest course involved trainers from Indonesia, Australia and the United States as well as New Zealand. It focused on basic crime scene investigation in the wake of a terrorist attack, and drew on actual experiences and case studies from other countries.

Congratulating trainees at the end of the course, New Zealand Police Southeast Asia police liaison officer Van Beynen and Major-General Ngo Tien Quy, Director of the Institute of Forensic Science, both noted that while Viet Nam does not face a serious terrorism threat, the basic skills learned during the training were essential elements of officers’ specialised capacities.

Attending the course graduation ceremony, New Zealand Chargé d’Affaires Alistair Crozier confirmed that cooperation on police and public security issues would form an important part of efforts between our two countries to further develop a bilateral Comprehensive Partnership, as announced by Communist Party Central Committee General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and NZ Prime Minister John Key during Mr Manh’s visit to New Zealand in September.

New Zealand Police intends to deliver an advanced training course in the same area to VMPS personnel in early 2010.

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