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UNODC, IMPACS and CBSI Connect carry out regional virtual training in intelligence and analysis for the management and control of borders at international airports in Latin America and the Caribbean

From 22 to 26 April 2019, UNODC, through the AIRCOP Project, collaborated with the CARICOM Implementation Agency (IMPACS), CBSI Connect and the National Department for Drug Control (DNCD) in the Dominican Republic to realize the first AIRCOP-CBSI Connect training course on Intelligence and Analysis for Border Control Management in International Airports in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The course, delivered by INTERCOPS Trainers from the Brazilian Federal Police, with support from the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) Liaison Officer in the Dominican Republic, was held in the CBSI Connect Virtual Classroom of the DNCD Training Academy in Santo Domingo and catered to 120 border control officials throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, including 65 in-place participants in Dominican Republic and another 59 virtually connected since Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Grenada and Peru.
The training aimed to strengthen the operational capabilities and technical knowledge of airport security agents in intelligence and analysis for the management and control of borders at international airports, contributing largely to the commitment of both AIRCOP and CARICOM IMPACS to improve capacities for an intelligence-led approach to combatting transnational organized crime at international airport.
AIRCOP is implemented by UNODC in partnership with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Funded by the European Union through the Cocaine Route Programme, AIRCOP also receives contributions from the Governments of Canada, France, Japan, Norway and the United States of America. The Project aims at strengthening the capacities of international airports to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers, including foreign terrorist fighters, in origin, transit and destination countries with the overall objective of disrupting criminal networks.
CBSI Connect, launched and funded by US-INL and supported by CARICOM IMPACS and the EU through the 10th EDF, is a project which links virtual classrooms in CARICOM Member States and the Dominican Republic. When providing training in one of these virtual classrooms, participants from other countries can be virtually linked and participate. The course is then recorded and housed on the CBSI Connect platform to serve as a kind of e-learning resource for the participants.
The CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) aims to facilitate delivery to the people of the Region safe and secure borders while simultaneously spearheading capacity building initiatives and training for law enforcement and border security officers to ensure secure, just, free societies buoyed by sustainable economic development, so that all may pursue their human development goals. IMPACS performs a critical function in securing the region's borders through its sub-agencies the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC) which is the central hub for the Advance Passenger Information System used for the pre-screening of passengers and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) which is the intelligence component of the system. In 2013, the CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy was approved by the Conference of Heads at their Intercessional meeting in Haiti.  The Strategy is aimed at providing a structured approach to eradicating transnational organized crime, building awareness of the new and emerging security threats to the region and articulates a road map for ensuring that the necessary resources, infrastructure and training are provided to mount an adequate response to combat same.
This course, born out of the synergies between AIRCOP and IMPACS and benefitting from the technology savvy approach of CBSI Connect, was the first of its kind to cater to law enforcement officers in Latin America. The training will be followed by a series of practical mentorships in AIRCOP Participating countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, allowing for the consolidation of knowledge and contributing directly to improved targeting and intelligence-based operations led by AIRCOP units.