Albanian officials improve their capacity on systems analysis of criminal networks

12-16 September, Durres, Albania: Albanian officials from the General Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering, Albanian State Police, General Prosecutor’s Office, Security Training Academy, Directorate for Border and Migration, Anti-Trafficking and Migration Directorate, Prison Internal Control Service (SHKBB) and the General Directorate of Prisons (DPB) and State Intelligence Service participated in a five-day training course led by UNODC experts aimed at strengthening their capacity to identify and disrupt drug trafficking, migrant smuggling, financing of terrorism, trafficking in persons and modern slavery networks along the Balkan Route.

Based on country- and region-specific scenarios, the training course included sessions on systems analysis, criminal business modelling, social network and financial flows analysis, financial investigation planning and criminal networks disruption planning. Over half of the course was devoted to practical exercises highlighting specific instruments and techniques that play an important role in law enforcement operations and complex criminal investigations. The course emphasized the key role of inter-agency co-operation in countering illicit trafficking networks.

The participants were also trained to apply various analytical techniques to traditional and specialist investigation methods and identify current gaps in policy and capabilities as well as potential solutions for subsequent briefing to their senior managers.

UNODC envisages that this initial course will lead to a more wide-ranging programme of capacity building activities for the region. The programme can also be tailored to be country or agency-specific and can be adapted to any criminal commodity or service.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Targets 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children and 16.4 to significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime.