The aim of this training course, organised by the Strategic Poilce Matters Unit of the OSCE Secretariat in co-operation with the Turkish International Academy against Drugs and Organised Crime (TADOC), was to prepare law enforcement officers of anti-narcotics units for their role in performing their operational duties and tasks and equip them with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to combat against drugs competently, confidently, and ethically.
The programme of the course was designed for mid-level law enforcement officers who are employed at anti-narcotics and organised crime units and responsible for investigating those crimes.
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Identify drug trafficking trends, routes, and methods.
- Explain the importance of international cooperation in combating drug-related crimes,
- Explain the ‘Intelligence Cycle’ and summarize the sources of information available to law enforcement officers,
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively and ethically recruit and handle informants as a source of information,
- Describe the common signs that may be indicators of a clandestine laboratory,
- Conduct appropriate searches of people, premises and vehicles,
- Properly identify and assess the risks and prepare accurate profiles of high risk persons, transports, and goods.
- Take accurate and comprehensive statements using effective interrogation techniques and verbal and non-verbal communication skills,
- Carry out duties of reconnaissance, foot and vehicle surveillance, and demonstrate the ability to plan and organise operations in an effective, safe, and ethical manner,
- Learn how to plan and execute a controlled delivery,
- Apply appropriate seizure and handcuffing methods to arrest and transport suspects.
- Identify synthetic drugs and list their basic characteristics.