Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

Law-enforcement officers enhance their knowledge in crime analysis within UNODC Regional Programme training

From 12 to 16 October 2020, an introductory level course on “Crime Analysis for Practitioners” took place within Sub-Programme 1 “Regional Law Enforcement Cooperation” of the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring countries (Regional Programme). The training was conducted by experienced trainers in an online format. Twenty-one representatives from Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the course.

The training, responding to expressed needs, sought to strengthen crime analysis capacities in the region, particularly with respect to understanding and detecting changes in crimes committed following the COVID-19 pandemic and underpinning improvements in predictive law enforcement responses. 

Participants enhanced knowledge on different types of crime analysis and learned to connect criminal behavior to circumstances and conditions in which crime occurs. They improved technical skills in collecting, analyzing and reporting data through practical exercises using descriptive information, and shared experiences and best practices on crime data collection.

“Increasing the trust of citizens to the police, increases the crime reporting. Data is power, the more you know about communities you work with, the better solution to crime problems you can find within these communities”, said Mr. Jeremy Milsom, Senior Programme Coordinator, highlighting the importance of crime data collection.

The introductory course will be followed up by an advanced level training planned for 16-20 November 2020.

UNODC thanks the Government of Finland and the European Union for financing and support in organizing the training.