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UNODC and FIIAPP conduct a training on fraudulent documents at the Viru Viru International Airport, Bolivia from June 18 to June 22 of 2018.

From 18 to 22 June 2018, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP), collaborated to facilitate a Specialized Training in Fraudulent Documents in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The training took place under the framework of the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) and the EU-ELCN-Bolivia project, both of which are financed in Bolivia by the European Union.

The objective of this training was to strengthen the operational capabilities and technical knowledge of airport security agencies in detecting and intercepting false documentation.

The training was led by an expert of the Brazilian Federal Police (INTERCOPS) and was addressed to all members of the AIRCOP Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) at the Viru Viru International Airport. The JAITF at Viru Viru will be composed of eighteen law-enforcement officers from the following agencies: National Customs, Special Force to Combat Drug Trafficking (FELCN), National Directorate of INTERPOL, General Directorate of Migration and National Directorate of Police Air Service for Citizen Security. Once operational the JAITF will be dedicated to detecting and combatting illegal activities including, but not limited to drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, the use of false documentation, cash smuggling and international terrorism, with a focus on both passengers and air cargo.

In February 2018, the Government of Bolivia signed an MoU with UNODC for the implementation of the AIRCOP project at the Viru Viry International Airport in Bolivia and this training was the first activity within the framework of the project. AIRCOP is a multi-agency project implemented by UNODC in collaboration with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Its objective is to strengthen the capabilities at airports to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers, including foreign terrorist fighters, in the countries of origin, transit and destination with the general objective of disrupting criminal networks, through the establishment and training of JAITFs.

FIIAPP, on the other hand, manages international technical cooperation projects on behalf of governments with the aim of improving public systems in the countries where such projects are implemented. It is a tool by which the Government of Spain can promote the exchange of experiences and good practices of the as well as the improvement of public policy. Likewise, FIIAP contributes to fostering and consolidating trust relationships with administrations in other countries and with international organizations. The EU-ELCN-Bolivia project, currently in its second component, aims  to strengthen specific aspects of the fight against drug trafficking and its related crimes at borders and airports, through the control of people and goods.