Specialised Precursor Training Course Delivered by the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan's (CNPA) Precursor Control Unit

Subject Matter Experts (SME) of the CNPA PCU delivered specialized training on the use of drug/precursors test kits, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and chemical safety suits from 18 to 20 August 2014 in Kabul. The training sessions were held over three days for 90 officers from the Afghan law enforcement agencies including the Borders and Airports Unit, Mobile Detection Teams, Intelligence and Investigation Unit, Sensitive Investigation Unit and the Narcotics Interdiction Unit of the CNPA and Afghan Customs Department.

Many of the officers attending the course had been involved in high-risk precursor interdictions in the past and the purpose of the training was to provide these officers with the skills required to conduct such operations safely in future. The protective suits and breathing masks are designed to protect against chemical splashes and toxic fumes from evaporation as experienced when chemicals are being transported in containers or are found in illicit laboratories. In addition officers were instructed on the use of disposable drug/precursor test kits and other safety equipment while wearing the suits. Upon completion of the training, PCU distributed disposable test kits to each participating agency.

Precursor Control and Border Law Enforcement activities are supported by the UNODC Country Office in Afghanistan under project AFG/K61 "UNODC Country Programme for Afghanistan - Sub-programme II on Law Enforcement" which is funded by the governments of Denmark and Japan.