Macedonia’s Ministry of Interior and the Academy of Performing Arts, Skopje, signed an agreement to train police officers on the new Law on Criminal Procedures (LCP). Drama students at the Academy of Performing Arts will play criminals in interactive scenarios designed to simulate real crime scenes. This training will provide police officers with an opportunity for participation in “real-life” situations and will encourage the use of adequate methods and procedures for securing and canvasing crime scenes, examining witnesses, conducting interrogations, and analyzing evidence, all in accordance with the LCP.
7,500 police officers on both local and state levels are scheduled to go through the advanced training and education. So far, 3,700 members of the police force, including 270 in various managerial positions, have already done so. Officials say doing real crime simulations and having the students’ and the Academy’s assistance in this new phase of training will not only help in better understanding of the law but also shed a light on its practical application.
The LCP is in line with the EU’s legislation, and it will modernize criminal procedures and strengthen the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in the Republic of Macedonia, especially in the prosecution of corruption, financial crimes, drug and human trafficking, and other serious crimes. Technical support for the realization and implementation of the Law on Criminal Procedures was provided by the United States International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance program. The US Ambassador in Macedonia said this new training is a continuation of progress and good practices in the justice system and law enforcement reforms in Macedonia.
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