INTERPOL accredits unique IP course

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This certificate is a recognition of the learning and skills the course provides, especially developing law enforcement personnel.

  • 21 October 2021
  • 2 min read

The University’s Certificate in Intellectual Property Crime and Illicit Trade (CIPCIT) has been accredited by INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organisation that enables police forces across the world to work together to fight international crime.

CIPCIT is a unique, online short course, run by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, that focuses on intellectual property (IP) crimes, such as counterfeiting and piracy.

It is for people working in law enforcement and in brand protection within the private sector to support their career development. As IP crime is a trillion-dollar transnational problem, the course is aimed at international students who are able to share their learning and experiences, supporting INTERPOL's mission of developing international cooperation.

INTERPOL accredits courses that support international law enforcement cooperation. Courses are subjected to tough scrutiny to ensure they are in line with recognised standards of excellence and meet INTERPOL standards.

I'm so pleased that the School and the University has received this recognition from such a high profile, international institution. The accreditation means that we can more effectively promote the course internationally, reaching out to all INTERPOL’s 194 member states.

Dr David Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime and CIPCIT course leader

This certificate is a recognition of the learning and skills the course provides, especially developing the competencies of law enforcement personnel and supporting international cooperation.

Dr David Shepherd, Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime and CIPCIT course leader, said: “I'm so pleased that the School and the University has received this recognition from such a high profile, international institution. The accreditation means that we can more effectively promote the course internationally, reaching out to all INTERPOL’s 194 member states.

“This unique course, which is unavailable anywhere else, gives students a practical and academic understanding of intellectual property (IP) crime and illicit trade. They explore IP rights, different types of crime and the range of offenders. Students learn theories which explain why people commit these crimes and learn about their damaging social and economic impacts. They also examine protection and enforcement strategies.”

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