Joint inter-agency unit at Belgrade Airport receives training on profiling and targeting

6-10 June 2022, Belgrade, Serbia: The UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) organized a five-day Basic Practical Training for customs and police officers of the joint inter-agency unit at Belgrade International Airport, jointly supported with the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP).

A variety of practical sessions were delivered including profiling and targeting activities through analyzing shipping documents and warehouse patrols. The training also served to establish contacts with several airline companies operating at the Belgrade Airport, as well as international courier service companies. CCP experts provided an overview of the programme and explored avenues for future cooperation between private sector entities at the airport and customs and police administrations in Serbia.

Further training aspects included an Apron Control as a counter measure to smuggling activities by potential facilitators who have access to restricted areas, with a brief on the airport safety and development of an operational plan. An overview of the Dutch customs experience on smuggling methods, risk indicators and insider threat in the Air Cargo environment was also provided in addition to presentations on concealments methods, processing statistical and historical data and other relevant topics.

The training was delivered within the EU-UNODC joint action on promoting the rule of law and good governance through targeted border control measures at ports and airports, funded by the European Union and implemented by AIRCOP and CCP in cooperation with the UNODC Regional Programme for South-Eastern Europe.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly SDG 16.a on strengthening relevant national institutions for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.