PROTECT DETECT Training System
The PROTECT and DETECT training system works to improve criminal justice systems to counter local, national, regional and international criminal threats within society. This training system was developed through joint cooperation among government agencies, regional and international organizations, the commercial sector, and non-government organizations. Born in the remote jungles, rural villages and urban metropolises of Southeast Asia, the PROTECT and DETECT training system has been successfully exported and implemented at the international level.
PROTECT addresses resource protection at the source within remote areas through the use of patrolling, monitoring, community liaison-outreach, intelligence gathering, and investigations in forests or along porous borders and local communities. DETECT focuses on intelligence gathering and investigations at the national and trans-boundary level including urban areas, border checkpoints, ports, and airports. Both systems are closely interlinked by protecting the source while simultaneously detecting and dismantling criminal networks operating at the local and international levels.
Improving the security of isolated terrestrial and marine areas and remote porous borders is an issue that not only has national importance, but also has regional security and stability implications. The undetected movement of persons and material across borders is a continuing threat to law and order at international and local levels. Many remote areas and border locations are zones for illegal poaching and trade of flora and fauna; human trafficking; drug manufacturing and trafficking; terrorism; clandestine movement of persons of interest; and avoidance of customs and import taxes by illegal movement of contraband.
Unfortunately, while other projects are addressing improving criminal justice systems at the political and senior management level, there is little being done to improve the effectiveness and capability of those officers serving in remote field locations. Too often, the unit in which these officers serve are without formal training, poorly resourced, and operate independently in rugged, remote areas with little or no assistance and oversight from national headquarters.
There is a growing demand from the public for greater accountability from law enforcement agencies regarding the quality of service and the manner in which these services are provided. There is also a growing need for law enforcement agencies and organizations to provide thorough, professional and ethical services that are both transparent and accountable. If communities respect law enforcement agencies and personnel, while also believing that reported crimes will be investigated in a thorough and professional manner, then overall communities reciprocate with increased respect for law enforcement while further assisting officials during investigations.
Many developing countries face this difficult challenge of providing credible and reliable law enforcement services and personnel. In addition to the often cited “lack of resources,” these deficiencies may be due to recent or ongoing civil unrest, lack of training and skills, lack of professional ethics, and lack of effective policy and procedures. Fortunately, some of these issues can be addressed by providing training to agencies and other stakeholders.