Vietnamese trainers learn more about intelligence analysis and computer-based training
Hanoi (Viet Nam), 25 May 2010 - Despite the recent successes experienced in largely eradicating opium poppy crops, Viet Nam faces increasing threats in other drug-related areas. Its proximity to the "Golden Triangle" countries of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Thailand, the extensive borders it shares with Cambodia and China, and its long coastline leave Viet Nam vulnerable to drug trafficking.
In addition, law enforcement agencies in Viet Nam have limited capacity in tackling this problem. Part of the reason is that it remains difficult to collect relevant information and that the agencies tasked with stopping traffickers tend to be more reactive rather than providing a tactical response. Only a small number of officers specialize in analytical work, which means that they have to rely on their operational officers to conduct their own collation and analysis of information. These officers, in turn, usually have very limited formal or advanced training.
In collaboration with the Government of Viet Nam, in April 2010 UNODC organized a three-and-a-half-weeks trainers' programme. Participants included representatives from the Border Army Command, the Counter-Narcotics Department of the Ministry of Public Security, the General Department of Customs and the Maritime Police.
The goal of this intensive programme was to get a pool of trainers qualified in the area of drug-related intelligence gathering and analysis. These trainers are now able to pass on their knowledge to other law enforcement officials in Viet Nam.
The programme was based on the following three modules: a computer-based training course, an intelligence analysis course and an instructors' delivery techniques course.
Participants had to successfully demonstrate that they had acquired the knowledge and skills by working individually as well as in a team. At the end of the programme, 12 trainers had successfully completed the entire course.
From May to July 2010, the UNODC Country Office in Viet Nam will be working with these newly qualified trainers to roll out a number of computer-based training and intelligence analysis courses with the aim of training an additional 200 law enforcement officers. This activity forms part of UNODC's project on -
Strengthening drug law enforcement agency information collection and sharing procedures.