UNODC trains Turkmen law enforcement officers on cargo search techniques and examination of cargo documents

On 25 – 29 July, UNODC conducted a training course on cargo search techniques and examination of cargo documents for officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Customs Service and State Border Service of Turkmenistan in a hybrid format.

The training aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the officers to effectively respond to challenges during an inspection at checkpoints and strengthen their capacity to combat cross-border crime.

The training provided theoretical and practical sessions. It was delivered by Mr. Lauris Krivans, a customs expert from Latvia who has extensive experience in conducting search operations and training law enforcement officers.

During the training, the participants learned about principles for effective control and inspection, assessment of risk indicators during the inspection, and search of vehicles and trucks, among others.

In the course of the practical sessions, the participants prepared and delivered presentations on ways to carry out an inspection at the checkpoints effectively. They shared their experience in seizing contraband items and exchanged views on how to ameliorate their work.

The training was conducted within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Project of Sub-programme 1 “Countering transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and preventing terrorism” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2022-2025.

The implementation of the project in Turkmenistan is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). 



For further information, please contact:


Ms. Nurangez Abdulhamidova

Communication and External Relations Officer

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia

Email: nurangez.abdulhamidova[at]