First Afghan to Afghan training in CNTA

Photo: Fardin Waezi (UNAMA) 7 December 2010 - First Afghan to Afghan training course, comprising of the CNPA (Counter Narcotics Police Afghanistan) Forensic Laboratory staff, the CNPA Vetted Unit, PCU (Precursor Control Unit) and specialized Afghan Trainers from CNTA (Counter Narcotics Training Academy), has commenced on 7 of December in Kabul. Colonel Sharif Sharif, the head of CNTA and Deputy Representative of UNODC  COAFG Ashita Mittal addressed the newcadets on the first day of training.

Thanks to the support of Canadian Government, the three day course has been devised with the intention of raising the awareness and detection abilities of wider Afghan law enforcement agencies as to the importance of impeding the flow of chemicals used in the manufacture of heroin, the creation of IED (improvised explosive devices) and narcotics within Afghanistan.

Photo: Fardin Waezi (UNAMA): Mr. Fedotov visits clients at the Jangalak drug treatment centre in AfghanistanThis initiative comes as a collaborative effort of International Organisation on Migration (IOM) Border Mnagement Project and the trainers mentored and equipped under UNODC projects I85 (Regional cooperation in Precursor Control between Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries), I77 (Support for a Counter Narcotics Training Unit within the Afghan Police Academy) and J43 (Strengthening the Operational Capability of Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan - CNPA). From here, UNODC will continue the roll-out of the prospectus to many officers within Law Enforcement and Border Control positions across the provinces in Afghanistan. These achievements have only been made possible by the donations received from the Governments of Canada and Japan.

At the current rate of production, it is estimated by UNODC that approximately 3,600 Metric Tonnes (MT) of opium was produced within Afghanistan in 2010. It is thought that 58% (2,088MT) of the opium is refined in-country and as such, would require 4,252MT of a variety of precursor chemicals to process the raw opium into 300MT of pure Heroin Hydrochloride (HC4). At the current suggested prices as surveyed and assessed by UNODC, this could provide National Organised Crime Groups with potential revenue which could exceed 660 Million USD and International Organised Crime Groups with profits in the billions. Equipping officers from all provinces with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to detect and interdict illicit shipments of this nature will greatly contribute to the overall safety and stability of Afghanistan and the wider region.

As this is the first initiative of its kind, the officers involved in the program are to be commended for sharing their subject matter expertise to their wider Afghan colleagues.