Inter-agency Specialized Training on Operationalization of the Criminal-intelligence Products

Bhurban, Murree -7 September 2018 - The UNODC Country Office Pakistan (COPAK) organized an interagency specialists' training on "Operationalization of the Criminal-intelligence Products" in Bhurban from 3-7 September 2018. The training aimed at enhancing capacity of various Pakistani law enforcement agencies against illegal activities, such as illicit trafficking of drugs, people, migrants, contraband items, cultural artifacts and wild-life.

The training encompassed theoretical criminal-intelligence concepts and their practical application, by utilizing the IBM i2 Analyst Software. The interagency training was attended by field staff and criminal-intelligence analysts from the Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan Customs, Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Federal Investigation Agency and the Pakistan Coast Guards.

Mr. Syed Khalid Gardezi, Senior Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control graced the closing ceremony as the guest of honor. Mr. Saqib Khan Programme Officer (Border Management) of UNODC highlighted trainings under Sub-programme 1 ( Illicit Trafficking and Border Management) of UNODC's Pakistan Country Programme. "The illegal activities of well-resourced criminals can only be combatted through an interagency response", he said.

In his closing address, Mr. Gardezi highly appreciated the close partnership between the Government of Pakistan and UNODC. He praised the technical expertise of UNODC, to deliver such technical trainings. "The quality of training as observed by me can only be termed "Superb!", he said. "We are the lead ministry of the Government of Pakistan, which is coordinating provision of such highly-technical interagency trainings by UNODC", he added.

The interagency training encompassed theoretical understanding of the fundamental concept for gathering information, its analysis through the IBM i2 Analyst Software and archiving for future interpretation. It also included eLearning modules on the areas under discussion. It was delivered under UNODC Pakistan's Sub-programme on "Illicit Trafficking and Border Management".

UNODC's Pakistan Country Programme (2016-2019) envisages to continuing close technical support to the Government of Pakistan's priorities, particularly vision for attaining the Sustainable Development Goal - 16 "promoting peace, justice and institutional development".