Partnership Against Transnational-crime through Regional Organized Law-enforcement (PATROL)
|Project Number and Title:||Partnership Against Transnational-crime through Regional Organized Law-enforcement|
|Period:||January 2010 - June 2014
|Location:||Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam|
|Link to Regional Programme outcomes:||Pillar 1, Rule of Law/Illicit Trafficking and Smuggling- Outcome 1.1 Border Control|
|Executing Agency:||UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
|Government Implementing Agency:||Government counterparts include Cambodia (National Authority for Combating Drugs), Thailand (Royal Thai Police), Myanmar (Myanmar Police Force), Lao PDR (TBD), Vietnam (Standing Office on Drugs and Crime)|
|Partner Organizations:||UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), TRAFFIC, Freeland Foundation|
|Supported by:||Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship, US - International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, United Nations Environmental Programme, CITES Secretariat|
What are BLOs?
In an era when Trans-national Organised Crime (TOC) networks are not only expanding their operations within the GMS region but also diversifying their activities, it is becoming increasingly ineffective for individual countries to work alone. International cross-border cooperation is required.
Beginning in 1996, Border Liaison Offices (BLOs) were developed as a mechanism through which neighbouring border authorities could exchange strategic information relating to drug trafficking. However their function has subsequently expanded and they now play an important role in the intervention of a variety of TOC. Typically staffed by five to seven law enforcement officers, BLOs are located close to recognised border crossings and act as focal points for the real-time exchange of important intelligence along and across borders.
Through the BLO mechanism, frontline officers are encouraged to share information among each law enforcement authority along the border. This information is then shared with the BLO across the border. As a result, traffickers are confronted with a real multi-agency network capable of conducting real-time operations and supporting more sophisticated investigative techniques.
What is PATROL?
PATROL works with member countries to establish new Border Liaison Offices (BLO) and strengthens their ability to tackle:
- The illegal movement of people
- Environmental crimes
- Drug trafficking
Working with our partners and national authorities, PATROL:
- Identifies trafficking hotspots and establishes new BLOs
- Provides training in anti-smuggling techniques to law enforcement officers
- Facilitates bi-lateral and multi-lateral meetings for law enforcement counterparts to discuss cross-border operations and design standard operating procedures