Border Cooperation Component Train Law Enforcement in the Region

The Border Cooperation Component of Sub-program 1 of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia held a series of training courses for law enforcement agencies of the region.

A national training course on the use of special analytical software ArcGIS and IBM i2 and collection of information from open sources was held at the Training Center of the State Border Service of Kyrgyz Republic for sixteen border guards officers on 10-12 June 2019 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Similar training was held on 11-14 June 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan for eighteen officers of the Border Service of the National Security Committee and State Revenues Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His Excellency, Mr. Tatsuhiko Kasai, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, attended the closing ceremony of the training and stated that Japan supports the "open, stable and independent development of Central Asia" and such training events will serve for the achievement of the common goal on preserving peace in Central Asia.

On 17-21 June IBM i2 analytical training was also organized in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Fourteen law enforcement officers of the National Centre on Drug Control, State Customs Committee, Border Troops of the State Security Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan benefitted from the training. The courses aimed at equipping law enforcement officers with advanced knowledge and skills on information processing, analysis and its visualization with the help of various analytical software tools. Experienced trainers from Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) with expertise in application of analytical software such as Excel, ArcGIS, IBM i2 for collection, analysis and systematization of data, facilitated the training.

"The training was very interesting and useful. The participants had the opportunity to analyze information on open cases. It would be beneficial if the next round of the training included a module of countering cybercrime" - said Mr. Jamshid Saliev, Leading Specialist of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan.

On 20-21 June, the Component organized a two-day intense practical training on the application of video endoscopes EXTECH DV600 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The event was held at the Institute of the Customs Service under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan. It focused on application of digital video endoscopes procured and handed over to the border crossing points where the Border Cooperation Component supported the establishment of Border Liaison Offices.

The training courses were arranged by the UNODC Component in cooperation with national partners in the Republic of Tajikistan to enhance capacity of the law enforcement agencies to respond to the actual threats of illicit drug trafficking and border security.

The Border Cooperation Component of Sub-program 1 of the UNODC Programme for the Central Asia was launched in 2009 with the funding support from the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the Government of Norway.

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