60 officers participate in the Diploma in Applied Criminology

The realization of this Diploma responds to a strategy whose purpose is to professionalize the National Police even more, this being the first step to have in the future own Postgraduate courses dictated in the National Directorate of Police Education and, even, that those who today attend this Diploma as students can be teachers.

Criminology is a subdiscipline that seeks to know what crime is, who commits it and why, and how it should be responded to. Diego Sanjurjo, coordinator of Focused Strategies for Police Crime Prevention at the Ministry of the Interior, said that this subject is usually taught with a purely theoretical approach, but that in this case “the title of the diploma course is not fortuitous (…), but rather what we seek is to grasp that theoretical knowledge and help you to apply it in practice every day and thus also improve the security of our country in the long term”.

The Diploma consists of 240 non-contact chronological hours that will be divided into three modules, each with a final evaluation. During the event, the Director of the National Police, Efraín Abreu, expressed that “for us this Diploma is very important, it is a milestone. The effectiveness of our Police and the training are at a very high level, but professional maturity has reached a level that has to allow us to alternate in academic fields and for that we are going to rely a lot on prestigious Institutions like yours”.

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