New Zealand, Vietnam cooperate to fight int'l terrorism

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Twenty Vietnamese police officers have been trained to investigate post-blast crime scenes under a program funded by the New Zealand government.

The five-day "Post Blast Crime Scene Investigation Course" held in Da Nang that ended on November 15 trained the officers from the city's forensic center and investigators from the Ministry of Public Security.

The course offered a more integrated approach to investigating terrorism scenes in Vietnam, knowledge and understanding of operating procedures in responding to scenarios where the participants need to work collaboratively with other nationals, the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam said in a statement.

Detective Sergeant Todd Hamilton and two support staff from the New Zealand Police, and a specialist crime scene officer from the Metropolitan Police, United Kingdom, were the course's main instructors.

"The participants are exposed to a range of case studies, learn about the principles of crime scene examination and then get to demonstrate their knowledge through a series of practical exercises towards the end of the course," said detective superintendent Brett Kane, the New Zealand Police liaison officer for South and Southeast Asia.

It was the fifth such course run in Vietnam and the first one held in Da Nang; previous course were all conducted in Hanoi.

Haike Manning, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam said: "The course has assisted in upgrading the counter-terrorism capacity for Vietnamese police by improving the technical skills of crime scene investigators, and by stressing the importance of collaboration with counterparts in other countries."

The New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam signed an arrangement on cooperation within the Framework of the Countering of Transnational crimes in 2010.

According to the arrangement, to suppress hi-tech crimes, the police forces of Vietnam and New Zealand exchange intelligence, and jointly operate investigations and police training programs. 

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