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UNODC facilitates second drug interdiction and detection training in El Salvador in the framework of the EU-funded AIRCOP Project

The Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) of El Salvador of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) received its second training, this time practical, in the fight against drug trafficking by air. The training took place from November 14-25, 2016 at Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero and Galdámez International Airport in San Salvador.

The two weeks of the training were led by an expert from the Spanish National Police specialized in counter-narcotics operations and profiling of suspicious passengers and cargo based out of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport in Madrid, Spain. The training covered methods of targeting and risk profiling of passengers and luggage, analysis of criminal networks, collection and exchange of information and search and interview techniques. The 19 officials of the JAITF of El Salvador represent the following institutions: National Civil Police, the Customs Department and the Immigration Department.

AIRCOP, funded by the European Union as part of the EU Cocaine Route Programme, and implemented by UNODC in collaboration with INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO), is a multi-agency, anti-trafficking initiative which strengthens detection, interdiction and investigative capacities of law-enforcement officials in participating airports. Currently, the JAITF room at Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero and Galdámez International Airport is being equipped and the JAITF is expected to officially launch operations next month.