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Development of a suite of seven e-learning modules for law enforcement officers covering the ‘Ndrangheta criminal organisation


  • E-learning
  • Mobile friendly, non-responsive 
  • Multiple languages 
  • Simulation
  • Animation

The training need

The INTERPOL Cooperation Against ‘Ndrangheta (I-CAN) was established in 2020 to disrupt the global networks of this extensive and powerful criminal organisation. As part of its goal to raise global awareness and understanding of the ‘Ndrangheta, the project was looking for a learning provider to develop a suite of e-learning modules as one of their pillars of support. These are to be made available through the INTERPOL Virtual Academy and as part of the curricula of the Police Academies of the member countries.

The request was for development of an overview module as an introduction for new police officers and five advanced modules covering specific aspects of the organization and global police cooperation in more detail. During start up discussions with the I-CAN working group, the value was identified of having an additional module comprising a practical simulation to consolidate the knowledge. As a result, a seventh module was included.

Specific requirements included:

  • Engaging modules which would capture the interest and attention of a busy and active target audience;
  • Drawing from comprehensive source material to extract and synthesise content that was both important and judicially validated;
  • Development of quick guides for each of the content modules that would provide a summary of key learning points, an alternative resource for those who could not access modules online and a useful reference in the workplace;
  • A well-structured resource bank of reference materials and videos for further information;
  • A promotional video post-development to create awareness of the modules and encourage the target audience to access them;
  • Translation of the modules from English into Italian, French and Spanish.

Our bespoke learning solution

We worked closely with subject matter experts and a global working group to gather input and review and approve both design and content. It was important that the modules were globally relevant and had credibility with the target audience. This process was supported by effective project management from both INTERPOL and Walkgrove to coordinate a large and varied group of stakeholders.

The modules are structured into clear topics with a logical flow and the right amount of content to be meaningful and focused. The imagery has a cinematic feel and supports understanding of the content while also considering the sensitivity of the material.  Bespoke graphics, animations and interactive screens enable complex topics to be broken down and explained in a memorable and learner-friendly way.

Animated icons on relevant screens summarise key points and practical tips for learners in different job roles, supporting application of the knowledge gained through the modules in their day-to-day work.

While formal assessment wasn’t a requirement, there are quiz questions with feedback at the end of each module to check and reinforce understanding.

The practical simulation module provides a realistic but fictitious investigation scenario which pulls together important aspects from all the modules, using branching decisions, feedback, and gamification to challenge and interest learners.

Walkgrove has also developed a short promo video to publicise the availability of the learning.