Advancing Counter-terrorism Capacities: UNODC Pakistan's Practical Training

24th February 2024, Islamabad - In a proactive step towards enhancing Pakistan's counter-terrorism capabilities, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently organized a comprehensive two-day training session at the National Police Academy from 22-23 Feb 2024. Made possible through the generous support of the Government of Canada, the training aimed to equip practitioners with practical tools and insights crucial for effective counter-terrorism operations.

The training took a hands-on approach, engaging participants in real-life scenarios of counter-terrorism cases. The 28 officials were divided into 14 teams, each comprising two members. Led by an expert trainer, teams delved into the complexities of handling terrorism-related crimes. Participants were tasked with assessing cases, presenting legal strategies for handling counter terrorism crime scenes, and demonstrating their grasp of critical areas such as Mutual Legal Assistance, UN resolutions, witness anonymity warrants, and procedures of Anti-terrorism courts.

Team presentations brought forth diverse perspectives, as officials debated on which cases to register based on Pakistan's legal framework. A panel of three judges, drawn from the participants, provided insightful judgments on the presented case scenarios. The trainer corrected and guided discussions, aligning them with the latest counter-terrorism toolkits. A key emphasis was on arming practitioners with practical tools for efficient, law-abiding investigations.

The second day of the training was dedicated to exploring Crime Analytics and the integration of cutting-edge technologies. Participants received hands-on experience on structuring data from incident reports and utilizing advanced software for predictive analytics. A highlight of the session was the in-depth training on the I2 Analyst Notebook, showcasing its potential in uncovering hidden connections within vast datasets. Officials learned how this software could streamline investigations, reduce time constraints, and yield actionable intelligence. Additionally, officials delved into the critical aspect of Post-Blast Scene Management. The session provided essential insights into countering IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) and handling of post-blast situations.

This impactful training initiative was made possible through the generous financial support of the Government of Canada. The collaboration underscores a shared commitment to strengthening Pakistan's capacity in combating terrorism.





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