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INTERPOL to Launch Online Firearms Identification Training

This spring, INTERPOL will launch the Firearms Identification for Law Enforcement (FILE) e-course to law enforcement agencies around the globe as part of its online training programme. This course is an adaptation of Firearms Identification for Public Agents which was originally developed by CPKN in 2008 in collaboration with the RCMP's Canadian Firearms Program. Designed to instruct law enforcement personnel on the language of firearms identification and how to identify most firearms, CPKN has worked with INTERPOL to customize this course to train personnel in the effective use of the INTERPOL Firearms Reference Table (IFRT), a web-based system that helps investigators identify and trace the origins of firearms used in criminal activity. The course will be offered in English, French, and Spanish. Headquartered in Lyon, France, INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization. With 188 member countries, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services in their mission to prevent and combat international crime. In 2009, INTERPOL launched the INTERPOL Global Learning Centre (IGLC), a web-based learning platform that allows member countries to share knowledge, expertise, best practices, and training (including e-learning). FILE will be added to the IGLC e-learning catalogue to provide foundational knowledge for gathering firearms intelligence to prevent and solve firearms related crimes. Licensed for a five year term, FILE will be available to all INTERPOL National Central Bureaus via I-24/7, INTERPOL's secure global police communications system.