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UNODC facilitates training in detection of passengers with high risk profiles at Tocumen International Airport in Panama in the framework of the European Union-funded AIRCOP Project

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a specialized training in the detection of passengers with high risk profiles in the framework of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), in Panama City, Panama. The training, which took place from 20 to 28 June 2016 at Tocumen International Airport, was addressed to the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) at the airport, which is composed of law enforcement officials from the National Security Council, National Police, Immigration Service and Customs Authority, as well as to various representatives of different airline companies. The training was conducted by two Inspectors from the General Directorate for Information of the Spanish National Police.

The training covered different techniques for risk profiling of passengers, threat indicators, collection and exchange of information, interview techniques, risk analysis, lie detection and methods to fight organized crime and international terrorism. The closing ceremony of the training was attended by Hon. Ramon Santos Martínez, Ambassador of Spain to Panama and Mr. Sergio Naranjo, AIRCOP Regional Project Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as various high level government officials.

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. AIRCOP contributes to the fight against transnational organized crime and addresses the challenges of a fragmented law enforcement system by promoting regional and transregional cooperation. Currently, there are 26 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean that are participating in the project, which have recorded impressive results to date, with 649 seizures and 566 arrests, including 1,378 kg of cocaine, 1,117 kg of cannabis, 773 kg of methamphetamine and over 3M US dollars.



For more information:

AIRCOP Project

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean

Panama City, Panama

Tel: +507 314 4900 - Latin America and the Caribbean


European Union "Cocaine Route Programme"