UNODC launches Criminal Intelligence Analysis Training in The Gambia

    
     This activity was financed by Germany

Despite the political transition in the Gambia, drug trafficking, illicit trafficking and organized crime continue to threaten the security, rule of law and development of the country. To help strengthen the capacity of law enforcement agencies in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC organized a two-week Criminal Intelligence Analysis Training Course, from 9 to 20 July in Banjul.

Funded by the Government of Germany, the course is designed to equip intelligence analysts and field investigators with the skills needed to analyze large amounts of information from a variety of sources and to develop accurate intelligence from this information in order to efficiently investigate and prosecute drug trafficking and criminal offenses.

The course was led by Mr. Miroslav Prljevic, a UNODC Criminal Intelligence Specialist based in Belgrade, Serbia with decades of operational experience, and gathered 20 participants, including one woman, from the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG), the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Gambia Police Force, the State Intelligence Service and the Gambia Immigration Department.

        participants of the Forum
Participants during the workshop

An official closing ceremony of the training course was held on 20 July 2018, which was attended by Mr. Bakary Gassama, Director General of the DLEAG, Ms. Anita Martin, German Consular in The Gambia, and Mr. Kodjo Attisso, UNODC Regional Advisor in Anti-Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, as well as UNDP Gambia representatives.

In his remarks, the Director General of the DLEAG explained that this training "in no small way reinforces the security sector reform agenda which aims, among other things, to build a smart and efficient security force capable of guaranteeing the safety and security of citizens and respect for human rights and democratic principles."

The training course introduced Gambian law enforcement officials (criminal intelligence analysts and field investigators) to the processes, concepts and key tools that will form the basis of their future work, including data collection and analysis, report writing, logical briefings and analysis of trends. It will serve as the foundation on which all future trainings and mentoring in this field of analysis will be built.

This training initiative is part of the UNODC project " Enhancing national capacities to detect and investigate cross-border organized crime in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal," which was launched in December 2017 following a sub-regional consultation, organized by UNODC and INTERPOL, and which brought together representatives from law enforcement agencies of The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.

Implemented by UNODC with funding from the Government of Germany's Federal Foreign Office, the project specifically seeks to provide assistance through mentoring, theoretical and practical trainings to both high-rank officials and front-line law enforcement officers from relevant national institutions with a mandate in the fight against organized crime.

Recognizing the difficulty of managing land and sea borders, in the framework of its Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) and of its contribution to the common goal under SDG 16 « Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions », UNODC has set the objective to promote proactive policing by developing an intelligence-based approach to law enforcement. It further seeks to improve inter-agency coordination with a view to disrupt and dismantle activities of transnational organized crime networks involved in the broad spectrum of illicit trafficking, money laundering and serious crimes and its interlink with terrorism groups.

For more information:

UNODC launches new cross-border initiative between The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal

UNODC strengthens efforts to detect and investigate transnational organized crime in Guinea-Bissau