Guide to Australia’s National Security Capability

Case study: The Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC)

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Case study: The Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC)

The Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) is one of the most effective counter-terrorism capacity building projects in the South-East Asian region.

JCLEC is an international law enforcement and training institution located within the Indonesian National Police Academy in Semarang (central Java) and established by the governments of Indonesia and Australia in 2004. It is jointly operated by the Indonesian National Police and the Australian Federal Police, with bilateral and multilateral assistance from foreign donor countries.

It provides a wide range of training and capacity-building courses for law enforcement officers from Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries, including post blast analysis, management of serious crime, financial investigations, and criminal intelligence training. These activities are often facilitated by subject matter experts from the Australian law enforcement community.

The Centre has state-of-the-art training facilities together with high quality staff and student accommodation.

Although JCLEC was established as a bilateral initiative between Australia and Indonesia, Australia has contributed over $36 million since 2004 to support the Centre’s development and operations. On the strength of its international reputation as a counter-terrorism centre of excellence, it has provided a valuable entry point to South-East Asia for international counter-terrorism donors:

  • several other donors have provided valuable support, including financial assistance, funding specific counter-terrorism courses or seconding law enforcement training officers to run counter-terrorism courses

  • contributors have included the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United States and other countries.

As at 30 April 2013 JCLEC has provided training to more than 13,225 officials from 68 countries.

JCLEC is a regional resource, and Australia and Indonesia encourage the involvement of third countries from the region.

As a key regional counter-terrorism centre, JCLEC has also supported a range of multilateral initiatives to enhance counter-terrorism capacity and to counter the regional terrorist threat.

JCLEC's mandate is principally to build counter-terrorism cooperation and capacity in South‑East Asia. However, South Asian and Pacific law enforcement officials and officials from other parts of the world have also trained there.

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