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UNODC facilitates training in fraudulent document detection at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, in the framework of the EU-funded AIRCOP Project

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a specialized training in the detection of fraudulent documents in the framework of the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), in Lima, Peru. The training took place on November 28-29, 2016 at Jorge Chavez International Airport, with the support of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA), and was addressed to the Airports Anti-drug Task Force (GETAA), which is composed of law enforcement officials from the Peruvian National Police, National Revenue Authority, Immigration and the Public Prosecutor's Office. Since its creation in 2013, the GETAA is tasked with coordinating joint actions to reduce drug trafficking and criminal offenses in airports.

The two-day training was conducted by an immigration liaison officer from the Embassy of The Netherlands in Panama and a police and immigration liaison officer from the Embassy of The Netherlands in Peru. The training covered different methods and techniques for detecting fraudulent or altered documents in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in airports.

Recently, DEVIDA and UNODC signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Peru to join the AIRCOP Project. In this manner, GETAA will continue benefitting from training programs in risk analysis, drug detection and criminal network investigation as well as participate in best practices exchange programs and international joint operations. 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.