UNODC developed specialized course on combating drug trafficking for the Academy of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior

Highly qualified professionals on countering illicit drug trafficking will graduate in 2021 from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Illicit drug trafficking, psychotropic substances and their precursors and their abuse, especially among children and young people, not only negatively affect the health and well-being of people, but also pose a threat to socio-economic development, security and political stability of the country, region and the international community generally.

The transit of illegal drugs of Afghan origin passes through the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic along the so-called "Northern Route", which accounts for a significant share of drug trafficking through this route. Drug trafficking is the main source of income for organized criminal groups, therefore, in order to successfully suppress such crimes, including money laundering, in-depth knowledge and high professionalism of law enforcement officers are required.

The Programme Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Kyrgyz Republic, with the financial support from the Government of Japan, developed a special course on "Organizational and tactical foundations of combating drug trafficking" for the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic named after Major General of Police E. A. Aliyev.

This course was developed upon suggestion of the Counter Narcotics Service under the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic to train the "drug fighters" at the Academy. The Academy is the only institution among the higher educational establishments of Kyrgyzstan, which is designed to train highly qualified staff for the system of the Ministry of Interior.

“Developed with the support of the UNODC, the course will aim at equipping the staff who combatting drug trafficking with essential knowledge and training. Cadets of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior, as well as employees of other state bodies undergoing retraining and advanced training at the Academy will be able to 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”, said Mr. Andrey Seleznev, Head of the UNODC Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The course was endorsed by the police colonel Mr. A. K. Biybosunov, the head of the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, on August 20, 2020.

The course was developed in close cooperation with the Academy of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Counter Narcotics Service (CNS) of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic and the UNODC Programme Office. The total duration of the course is one semester (4 months).

Such international documents as the Charter of the United Nations (UN), Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, Convention on Psychotropic Substances of the 1971, UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988, and others were taken into account when developing the special course.

UNODC also plans to train four academy teachers on methodology of this course.

The Programme is designed and implemented 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 2015-2020 with financial support from the Government of Japan.


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