A virtual platform to train cross-national police teams in team collaboration and police interviewing
Although transnational police collaboration has become increasingly important to effectively fight those crimes that cross borders, training in the necessary skills to achieve good cross-national collaboration and investigation is currently lacking. Indeed, organising trainings with police trainees from different countries is very expensive, time-consuming, and logistically challenging. Therefore, the European Commission is funding the Horizon2020-project ‘LAW-TRAIN’, in which a virtual training platform is being developed which allows police officers (and judicial authorities) from different countries to train together from their respective locations in the preparation for, and the conduct of, a police interview with a virtual suspect within the context of a transnational investigation. The current contribution will describe the goals and features of this training, the actual training trajectory, and the innovative role of the virtual trainer in achieving a standardized and automated training for police officers all across Europe and beyond.
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