Set up in 1976, the Federal Investigation Agency Academy (FIAA) is headed by a senior officer designated as the Commandant. The Academy has been mandated to train and develop new entrants, as well as, mid-career officers of the FIA in addition to serving as a capacity development resource addressing the training needs of other national and provincial law enforcement agencies, particularly in the areas, in which FIA have comparative specialized expertise, like tackling transnational organized crime, technical and forensic investigations, and international law enforcement cooperation, etc.
The FIAA is concentrating on specialized training programs, initiated by the Academy, as well as, sponsored by its counterpart foreign law enforcement agencies, foreign missions, and international organizations, like the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The training programs are focused mostly on the FIA’s criminal investigative mandate, vis-à-vis, federal crimes and (transnational) organized crime, including but not limited to terrorism, financing of terrorism, money-laundering, human trafficking and migrants smuggling, cybercrime, intellectual property crime.
The FIAA also caters for the capacity development needs of technical investigative areas like crime scene investigation, documents examination, forensics analysis and the like usually sponsored by foreign law enforcement partners and organizations. One of the important training portfolios of the FIAA is to conduct basic and orientation training courses for the new entrants into the FIA – mostly ranging from Constable to Assistant Directors. Nonetheless, delivering specialized training workshops on anti-corruption, financial investigation, money-laundering, international law-enforcement cooperation, and illegal emigration, is the hallmark of the training programs, provided by the FIAA.
The FIAA generally addresses the training needs of the FIA officers, working countrywide on major crime areas, falling on the schedules of the FIA – mostly the crimes affecting the State at the federal level, transnational organized crime, and technical and/or forensic investigation and analysis. However, the target audience for the specialized training programs, like forensic investigation, crime scene investigation, cybercrime, and international policing cooperation trainings are equally offered to the other national and provincial law enforcement members and technicians.
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