UNODC-supported special course introduced to the curriculum of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic

UNODC Programme office in the Kyrgyz Republic in partnership with the Counter-Narcotic Service (CNS) under the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic named after Major General of Police E. A. Aliyev and with financial support from the Government of Japan conducted a three-day training for teachers of the Police Academy and CNS staff on introduction of the specialized course “Organizational and tactical foundations of combating drug trafficking" to its curriculum.

Mr. Pavel Pudov, UNODC expert, acted as a trainer, who is also one of the specialized course developers.

“I am sure that the special course being introduced into the educational process will significantly raise the level of professional training of law enforcement officials and especially those who will continue to work in the Service for Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking,” said Mr. Ulanbek Sultanov, head of the Counter-Narcotic Service of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic. "In turn, this will have the most positive effect on the situation of the fight against drugs, which we are waging for the benefit of the people of the Kyrgyz Republic and the entire world community."

“As 2020 has shown, we have touched on a very important and promising topic. Such special course for the cadets of the Academy is vital. After its completion, they will gain in-depth knowledge on national legislation, the system of international drug control, modern methods of operational measures and investigations of criminal cases on drug-related crimes. For its part, UNODC will continue to support the Kyrgyz Republic in its effort to fight drug trafficking and conduct capacity-building trainings”, said Mr. Andrey Seleznev, Head of the UNODC Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic.


H.E. Mr. Maeda Shigeki, Ambassador of Japan in the Kyrgyz Republic took part in the handover ceremony of certificates on successful completion of the training for teachers of the Police Academy and CNS staff. He expressed gratitude to the course developers for the excellent job done.

Today, in particular, there is a concern that COVID – 19 pandemic has increased the number of drug users along with social unrest and unemployment, which may lead to an increase in crime rates. From the need for drug control, the Government of Japan has contributed a total of approximately $400 million U.S.  to the UNODC's Anti-Narcotics Programmes since 2015", said H.E. Mr. Maeda Shigeki, Ambassador of Japan in the Kyrgyz Republic, in his opening remarks at the awarding certificates ceremony to teachers of Academy, following a special UNODC training.


Special course was developed in close collaboration of Police Academy, CNS under the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNODC Programme office in the Kyrgyz Republic, and was launched in Autumn 2020 through introduction into the Academy’s curriculum. Course aims at preparing cadets on tactic and strategy of illegal drug trafficking prevention.

4th grade cadets of the Academy as well as employees of other state bodies, as part of retraining and advanced training on the basis of this educational institution will be able to enroll the course. The total duration of the course is one semester (4 months).

“The Police Academy is the main educational institution of the republic, which prepares personnel not only for interior affairs institutions, but also for all law enforcement agencies. The Academy has the ability to preserve institutional memory. All materials from trainings will be accumulated, and knowledge will be passed on to students in the future, including in refresher courses”, emphasized Mr. Bakyt Dubanaev, Deputy Head of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.


The features of the course "Organizational and tactical foundations of combating drug trafficking" is outlined by its developer, Mr. Pavel Pudov, UNODC expert.

“The course aims at training employees involved in countering drug trafficking. We provided both historical aspects of the fight against drug trafficking and operational approaches to countering the drug threat, including modern trends in the development of the drug situation in a digital format such as the Darknet. Particular attention is paid to the organization and conduct of controlled deliveries, test purchases, inspection activities, the procedure for investigating drug-related crimes, the subjects of evidence and the rules for handling them. Revealing the legalization of drug revenue is also an important element of the course. Considering that there was no similar specialized program for the training of employees of the Counter Narcotic Service’s units, the course will allow for better training the employees and achieve more significant results. I would like this project to work as long as possible: the composition of the trainees was supplemented, expanded, so that it becomes international".


The specialized course is designed and introduced to the Police Academy as part of the UNODC sub-programme 1 “Combating transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and prevention terrorism” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia for 2015-2021 with financial support from the Government of Japan.

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