UNODC continues to strengthen the border control and management capacities of Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies

UNODC continues to strengthen the capacities of Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies to support their efforts in combating cross-border crime and ensuring effective border control and management.

On 11-15 October, UNODC conducted a national interagency training course on modern control techniques for vehicles, luggage, cargo and goods inspection and risk profiling at state border checkpoints for 18 officers from the Border and Customs Services and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek.

The training provided both theoretical and practical sessions. During the training, the participants learned about advanced cross-border vehicle inspection procedures and control techniques, including inspection of cargo and trains, risk analysis and assessment, risk profiling, operational psychological assessment, among others. 

The practical sessions were conducted at the Ak-Zhol border crossing point on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

The training was delivered by Mr. Lauris Krivans, the customs expert from Latvia with extensive experience in conducting search operations and national expert Mr. Azamat Sabyrbekov with extensive experience in border management and risk profiling.

Upon completion of the training, the participants thanked UNODC for organizing the course and the trainers for their professionalism. They noted that such highly informative and useful trainings would enhance the efficiency of their day-to-day job.

The training was conducted within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Component of Sub-programme 1 “Countering transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia designed to enhance the capacity of border crossing points and improve regional cross-border cooperation by promoting Border Liaison Offices’ concept and development of information and communication networks for border agencies. Border Liaison Offices (BLOs) are established at the key border crossing points in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. It is the first project to establish BLOs in Central Asia, and its stakeholders are the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Border Troops, Customs and Drug Control Agencies of each country.

The establishment of BLOs in Central Asia builds a strong foundation for further effective interagency and cross-border cooperation. To date, 19 BLOs have been established on the Tajik-Afghan, Uzbek-Afghan, Tajik-Uzbek, Kyrgyz-Tajik, Kyrgyz-Uzbek, Kyrgyz-Kazakh and Kazakh-Uzbek borders.

The component is funded by the Government of Japan.

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Nurangez Abdulhamidova

Communication and External Relations Officer

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia (Dushanbe)

Email: nurangez.abdulhamidova[at]un.org