A unique training program for senior police officers from around the Asian region will go into its third phase at a special signing ceremony at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi today.
A third contract for the training program, called the Asian Region Law Enforcement Management Training Program (or ARLEMP), will be signed between the funding client Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the delivery agent RMIT International University Vietnam, in front of the ongoing course host the Police General Department of Vietnam
This will carry ARLEMP on from its original pilot course in 2005 until 2012, when 24 month-long separate ARLEMP courses will have been conducted on the Hanoi campus of RMIT Vietnam.
"This third contract renewal of ARLEMP is a testament to the close and efficient professional partnership of the host, Police General Department of Vietnam, the funding client AFP and the course deliver RMIT Vietnam. There are continuing personal links from the very first ARLEMP held back in March 2005," RMIT Vietnam President Professor Liddell said.
Today's signing ceremony includes the participation of the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam H.E Mr. Allaster Cox; AFP Canberra officials Mr. Andrew Wood - Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Kevin Zuccato - AFP Assistant Commissioner, National Manager of Border and International; representatives from AFP in Vietnam, the RMIT Vietnam President, Professor Merilyn Liddell and representatives from the Police General Department of Vietnam.
The first ARLEMP course started in 2005 as an AFP-driven initiative to create a learning experience drawing on private enterprise and corporate skills in communications and management mixed in with specific policing management skills to forge strong personal and informal relationships among the participants that hopefully will foster closer future working relationships across national borders in the Asia region.
A different set of senior police officials from 23 law enforcement agencies including Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and all ten Southeast Asian countries come together for one month based at RMIT Vietnam's Hanoi campus. They work on improving their communications, management and analytical thinking skills mixed in with a strong personal challenge about their own values and cultural mores.
The informal networking will undergo a formal component in the signing of the third contract which includes the establishment of a periodical e-newsletter for ARLEMP alumni throughout the Asia region which now approaches 320 senior police officials from 21 individual countries (the participating Hong Kong & Macau are counted as a part of China in this context even though their law enforcement agencies operate independently of each other).