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      The School of Multidimensional Security (ESEM) is part of the International Relations Institute (IRI) of the University of São Paulo (USP). Initially, it was created by a partnership between the IRI and the Organization of American States (OAS) for the development of continuing education courses and reduction of asymmetries for police officers from the most diverse countries in the American continent.

       Since its inauguration in 2015, ESEM has been developing education projects on security and prevention and combating illicit markets and criminal organizations. Using an economic approach to illicit networks, the institution comprises a group of researchers from inside and outside USP focused on seeking efficient solutions in the use of available resources and effective in terms of the observed results.

         Another feature of ESEM is the search for integration between research results produced in the academic environment with knowledge from public security and justice institutions. In our projects, industry professionals and students from our courses are constantly called to join the group of instructors for later editions.

       The two editions of the Police Development and Professionalization Course ( 2017 and 2019 ), held in partnership with the OAS, brought together security agents from Latin American states to discuss the threats posed by transnational organized crime, present good practices and discuss opportunities and mechanisms of cooperation in security given the technological escalation that has been taken by the illicit markets operating in the region. In each of the Course's editions, 60 police officers from 27 countries in the Americas were trained for four weeks, including theoretical and practical classes and visits to centers of excellence.

      Another project that deserves to be highlighted was the Police Ethics Course (2016 and 2018), held in Uruguay with the aim of introducing the country's police officers to good international practices for the activity and social responsibility of the profession and police actions. Students in the on-site class figured as instructors in the next two editions of the course, both distance learning. With the in-person course, 25 senior officers of the Uruguayan National Police (PNU) were trained. In the Distance Learning (EAD) version, offered in July 2017 and May 2018, 1,055 PNU police graduated.

     Finally, it is worth highlighting the participation in the PMI Impact program, under which ESEM was selected for financial support due to the Police Cooperation project at the Triple Border (Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay). In this project (started in 2019), we are developing a legal-institutional atlas of the region with comparative information on criminal justice codes, laws and institutions, a course for police officers from countries in the region to discuss cooperation strategies in operations and reduction of asymmetries regarding information sharing and police training. Following the strategy implemented in the Police Ethics course mentioned above, this project will have the in-person course modality to be offered to 80 students and in the Distance Learning (EAD) modality for 500 police officers working on the triple border: Brazil (350), Argentina (50) and Paraguay (100).

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The development of quality research, content, courses and tools for Security and Defense organizations.

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Reduction of Asymmetries


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