UNODC Implements Capacity Building Initiative for the Law Enforcement Officers of the Republic of Kazakhstan

18 - 20 December 2019, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia organized the Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) training for the 17 operatives and investigation officers of the law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a part of the "Drug Law Enforcement systems for criminal intelligence collection, analysis and exchange and pilot Intelligence Led Policing" component.

The training aimed to increase the potential of the law enforcement agencies to enhance the intelligence gathering and information management capacity, and continue to develop mechanisms for collection, processing and dissemination of information between the analysts and the law enforcement officers.

The training equipped operatives and investigation officers with knowledge and skills of information gathering and work closer with the analysts. It enabled law enforcement officers and analysts to draw on their respective strengths to provide intelligence products to agency decision makers. ILP compliments community policing, which aims to build trust and develop communication between police and the public.

The training was provided to maximize the use of intelligence and ensure that intelligence operations provide quality support to the achievements of drug enforcement agencies by targeting areas of greatest risk and identifying new and changing threats & risks, as well as to co-ordinate intelligence activity, to ensure that strategic, tactical and operational intelligence is delivered to all relevant staff in the most efficient and effective manner, and to prevent duplication of effort by sister agencies and partners.

Ms. Mr. Simon Ramsden, UNODC International consultant highlighted that "this training demonstrates links between Intelligence led policing and analysts' work to improve quality and reliability of intelligence for investigations. In addition, it allows investigators to work more effectively with analysts in particular with Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center."

Mr. Rasoul Rakhimov, Programme Manager, UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan, mentioned that "UNODC Programme for Central Asia for 2015-2019 extended till December 2020. Meanwhile, both UNODC and the Governments of Central Asian countries will use 2020 as 'bridge year' between two Programme cycles and conduct the quality preparatory work and come up with solid and outstanding Programme Document for the next cycle by 2020. The activities will include continuation of"i2" programme use and introduction of Intelligence Led Policing, as a pilot phase."

Provided assistance should support the Government of Kazakhstan in achieving the target 16.A of the Sustainable Development Goals - Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime. The activity is generously funded by the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

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