UNODC and CARICC strengthen intelligence analytical capacity of Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies

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BISHKEK, 3 March 2017 – Ensuring the efficient use of specialized crime and intelligence analysis  software «IBM i2» in the everyday activity of the Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies involved in border protection is the top priority in enhancing comprehensive security and stability across the Central Asian countries, participants at the UNODC Expert Working Group (EWG) meeting agreed today.

The EWG meeting was opened by UNODC International Project Coordinator, Yusuf Kurbonov, and Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan, Amelia Hannaford.

The use of the specialized analytical software is the precondition for improvement in law enforcement agencies quality work in light of information flow and “Big Data” underlined representatives of the intelligence law enforcement agencies at the EWG meeting organized by the United Nations office on drugs and crime Regional office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA) and Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC).

According to Yury Chikalov, CARICC analytical expert, the increasing trend in all criminal investigations is the use of digital telecommunications devices by criminals to communicate before, during, and after a crime has been committed. “Lawfully-seized communication records continue to provide law enforcement agencies with valuable intelligence leads and critical evidence in criminal cases, especially those involving conspiracies and multiple suspects. With this software solution, analysts can quickly assemble, analyse, and visualize data from multiple sources which is crucial not only for solving already committed crimes but also for identification of potential risks ahead of committing certain crimes or rights violations”, concluded an expert.

As highlighted by Amelia Hannaford, Head of UNODC Programme Office in Tajikistan, since 2008 UNODC has donated “IBM i2” license keys to 18 law enforcement agencies in the Central Asian region. In this way, UNODC is strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation and creating direct links between the law enforcement analysts at the national and regional levels, as well as enhancing the networking.

“UNODC will continue strengthening border capacity of Kyrgyzstan through establishment of common intelligence sharing platform that will allow a real-time exchange of information between law enforcement agencies to effectively address customs offences, illicit drug trafficking, and organized crime,” said Yusuf Kurbonov, UNODC International Project Coordinator.

The EWG meeting participants familiarized with the established intelligence information collection and analysis mechanisms in Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies, reviewed, discussed and agreed on the Action Plan outlining UNODC activities to enhance intelligence collection, analysis and exchange capacity of the law enforcement agencies involved in border protection.

The meeting also contributed to strengthening of strategic interaction between the analytical and operational departments of the law enforcement agencies.

The event is a part of the UNODC ROCA Sub-Programme 1, UNODC regional projects RER/F23 «Strengthening Drug Law Enforcement Systems for Criminal Intelligence Collection, Analysis and Exchange» and XAC/K22 «Countering the trafficking of Afghan opiates via the northern route by enhancing the capacity of key border crossings points (BCPs) and through the establishment of Border Liaison Offices (BLOs)».

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