Material for a 1-hour lesson, part of the Drug Investigation Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School
Drug trafficking and the use of drugs among the people in the Balkan region are at present time increasing. The region has been, and continuous to be a major trafficking route for drugs from the Middle East, including, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania into Europe and the U.S.
As in all post-war areas, KOSOVO has had to rebuild itself within an economy that is still unstable. Many of the funds received from drug trafficking, used for buying arms during the conflict, are now being tunnelled into prostitution, and even into public works project run by the mafia, or groups we can link up to organized crime. Likewise, despite the effort from the UN-Administration to bring peace and order to the province, much of Kosovo and Albania remains lawless. The combination of an unstable economy, lack of organized government activities, need for money and rebuilding confusion over the law, encourages drug traffickers and organized crime even more.
Due to the fact that there is a lack of equipment, and skills to fight the organized crime and drug trafficking in Kosovo at present time, the responsibility to do so in the future falls into the hands of the KPS.
The goal of this lesson is to give the students the knowledge of how can drug abuse and drug related crimes negatively influence to family situation and society in general.
At the conclusion of this lesson, participants will be able to: