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First Mentoring of JAITF of Aircop in Panama

The Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) in Panama received its first mentoring in the fight against drug trafficking by air during June 15-26, 2015. The mentoring was inaugurated by National Security Council authorities and the AIRCOP team in the Regional Office of UNODC for Central America and the Caribbean and was held in the JAITF room at Tocumen International Airport.

The two weeks of mentoring were led by a team of experts from the Brazilian Federal Police specialized in counter-narcotics operations and profiling of suspicious passengers and cargo and who work at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, the biggest airport in Latin America in terms of passenger traffic. The mentoring covered methods to fight drug trafficking by air, targeting and risk profiling of passengers and luggage, collection and exchange of information, and search and interview techniques. JAITF officials in Panama represent the following institutions: the National Security Council (CSN), the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), the National Department of Police Information (DNIP), the National Customs Authority (ANA), the National Immigration Service (SNM), the National Air and Navy Service (SENAN) and the Attorney General's Office (PGN).