US Supports Human Rights Training of National Police

Thanks to the support provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), 55 policemen were certified on October 30 by police training schools and various operational units in Pedagogy for the Teaching of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.  These policemen are committed to sharing the knowledge acquired with other law enforcement officers throughout the country. This makes 112 policemen who have been trained by USAID in Medellin and Bogotá.  For the remainder of the year, 68 more policemen will be trained in Manizales and Barranquilla.

The course, with a total cost of US$26,000 provided by USAID, includes all topics and training areas considered of importance to trainers in these police training schools, as well as the heads of its operational units. These offices are related to the design of interdisciplinary pedagogical models that facilitate the learning process of human rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by members of the police force.

The course, set in two classrooms and one online session, is taught through Information and Communication Technology (TIC) and class tutors. This methodology also allows students to strengthen their teaching abilities and promote various contents of human rights and IHL in order to make sure these are respected and guaranteed.

The National School Directorate is responsible for training all police officers through the country on matters of human rights and International Humanitarian Law. This is why they will carry out an online course on human rights that will be managed by all 25 police schools. The teachers will be selected from those who take this certificate course.

The online course is accessible via www.policia.edu.co and shall be a prerequisite for all police officers who wish to specialize in their field and for any male or female member of the Colombian Police force.

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