Winnipeg police officers are getting new training on how to track down sex offenders.

The force has hired an expert based in Ireland to teach 150 officers new profiling techniques.

It’s the first time Canadian police officers have received this type of training.

Dr. Joe Sullivan said he will try to help officers better understand sex offenders. He has over 40 years experience with sex offenders and preventing child sexual exploitation.

"You can’t interact effectively with something you don’t understand, so the better understanding of the fact that offenders are not all the same," he said. "Some [are] motivated quite differently -- helping those professionals who have to engage with perpetrators understand that."

Officers will undergo a nine-day seminar that includes teaching officers new interview skills. Child welfare workers and border guards are also expected to take the course.