Training and Technical Assistance to Law Enforcement Across Borders: Obstacles to Effective Delivery and Technical Assistance

Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Heath B. Grant, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Particularly in this climate of global change, including trans-national crime and terrorism, the need to establish mechanisms for law enforcement agencies to share information, as well as build upon the best practices and past experiences of agencies across contexts is apparent. However, despite the need for international training and technical assistance efforts, there are important barriers to the effective translation of meaning and understanding of intended messages depending on the context of delivery. This paper draws upon the authors' combined experiences in providing training to agencies in the Czech Republic and Latin America, highlighting both the barriers inherent to such efforts, as well as their experiences in overcoming them. Barriers discussed in this forum will include the use of translators, facing unequivalent meanings across language, and recognizing significant cultural value differences.

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Updated 05/20/2006