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UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Airport Communications Project Facilitates Regional Training on International Terrorism in Airports and Detection of Foreign Terrorist Fighters for members of participating AIRCOP LAC countries and airline staff

From 27 to 31 March 2017, the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), in collaboration with the INTERCOPS Project of the Brazilian Federal Police and the Spanish National Police, hosted the first Regional Training on Terrorism in International Airports at the Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Funded by the European Union, Japan, Canada, Norway and the United States, the AIRCOP Project, implemented by UNODC, in partnership 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 challenge of a fragmented law enforcement approach by promoting regional and trans-regional cooperation as part of the EU Cocaine Route Programme.

Facilitated by counter-terrorism experts from the Spanish National Police, the course was attended by officers from AIRCOP participating countries in Latin America and the Caribbean which include Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama and Peru. Other participants included representatives from UK National Crime Agency, UK Border Force and JIATF-South. The course aimed at strengthening the capacities of AIRCOP units to detect and prevent the exploitation of international airports by terrorists, as well as the movement of Foreign Terrorist Fighters throughout the region. 

In an effort to promote broader cooperation and to address the needs of all security personnel at airports, the course was also adapted to cater to international airlines and was addressed on 3 rd April 2017, to staff from Qatar Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Gol Linhas Aéreas, Iberia, Lufthansa, Swissair, Turkish Airlines, TAM Linhas Aéreas, Air Europa, TAP, Emirates and Royal Air Maroc, as well as security officials at the Guarulhos International Airport.

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