On 27th September 26 officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Military Police (MP) received certificates of completion for their successful graduation from three Master's (level 7) degree modules: Introduction to Forensics, Crime Scene Management and Handwriting Analysis. The courses, delivered by the Lebanese University (UL), were funded by the Netherlands government through its Netherlands Assistance to Lebanese Border Agencies (IBM) project as implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
The graduation ceremony, held at UL's Central Administration building, was attended by the president of the UL, Dr. Fouad Ayyoub; the Netherlands' defence attaché Lt. Colonel Carel Gerritsen; a delegation from ICMPD Lebanon; and UL professors and staff.
The modules were held from 24 April until the end of June 2018 and were delivered by UL professors/lecturers and international experts in the various fields. They combined academic and scientific theory with a strong practical element including crime scene scenarios, field role-plays and laboratory exercises.
Such courses represent an important and innovative additional step forward in the development of LAF’s border management capacities through the IBM Lebanon project. Complementing other initiatives such as the formation of LAF document security trainers and the refurbishment of the new Central Training Centre (CTC), the inclusion of relevant academic opportunities now allow LAF MP to harmonise practical knowledge and skills with global academic standards.