International Fish Force Academy Officially Opens

The International Fish Force Academy of Indonesia (IFFAI) has officially opened today on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The inauguration was attended by Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and National Police Chief Tito Karnavian. “This [academy] is aimed at how to handle criminal cases,” said Minister Susi on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

The IFFAI academy is a joint effort by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fishery together with Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the 115 Task Force.

Susi explained that IFFAI is an international-standard school to study about fishery related criminal activities. Fishery crimes are complex and not only involve fish theft. “It also includes human trafficking, forced work, and endangered animal trade.”

Minister Susi revealed that it would require great skills in handling and a good coordination between agencies to counteract the problem. “Now, information sharing is outstanding in developing an international fisheries fish force,” Susi said.

According to the head of research and human resource agency at the Marine Affairs and Fishery Ministry, Zulficar Mochtar, there are currently 24 investigators and public prosecutors from the Ministry, Police, Navy, and Supreme Court that are enlisted at the academy.

Zulficar said that following new criminal modus related to maritime affairs, he hopes that the academy can produce law enforcers that are able to understand and analyze this sort of criminal activities.

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The other purpose of this academy is to continue to build an effective understanding and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and to produce agents of change in the field. Participants will be trained at Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang.

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