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Turkey's multinational police and counterterrorism forces

Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime

July 2013, Number 04.03

“Turkey has a long history of combating terrorism and transnational crime. The Turkish National Police (TNP) Academy, the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime (UTSAM), and Turkish International Academy against Drugs and Crime (TADOC) support the operational responses of various law enforcement agencies by conducting training and scientific research in those fields.

The Turkish National Police Academy
The TNP Academy started in 1937 with a mere one-year program for police managers. By 1984, it had developed into an official four-year bachelor’s degree institution of higher learning. In April 2001, the Police Academy expanded into a police university that provides the option for police officers and police managers to become Turkish National Police through the Security Sciences Faculty, the Security Sciences Institutes and 27 Police Vocational Schools of Higher Education located throughout the country. Police Vocational Schools of Higher Education train police officers toward an associate’s degree, the Security Sciences Faculty provides bachelor’s degrees, and the Security Sciences Institute offers opportunities for master’s degrees and doctorates...”

Excerpt from Süleyman Özeren and Kamil Yılmaz, “Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  4, No. 3, 2013: 16-23.

Süleyman Özeren, Ph.D. is a member of the faculty of security sciences at the Turkish National Police Academy, director of the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime at the Police Academy, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, based in Abu Dhabi. In 2008, he earned his associate professorship. His research interests include international security within the framework of terrorism and transnational crime, counterterrorism strategies, international cooperation, conflict resolution, and criminal justice. He received a doctorate in 2005 from the University of North Texas.

Kamil Yılmaz, Ph.D. has worked for the Turkish Ministry of Interior since 1998. He is based at the International Center for Terrorism and Transnational Crime in Ankara, where he works as a researcher. His professional interests include political violence, radicalization and deradicalization processes related to terrorism; identity politics; and international security. He holds four master’s degrees and a doctorate in applied political anthropology from Columbia University in New York.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.