From 27 February to 3 March, the Office held the first in a series of six OSCE-supported training seminars for 24 officers of the Border Service of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (Border Service) on profiling techniques to counter transnational threats. The five-day event was co-organised by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian Regional Information Co-ordination Centre for Combating the Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC).
The event, entitled “Second Stage of the Project on Training Instructors in Risk Profiling”, is a continuation of a series of six training events on profiling for border guards which benefitted more than 80 border service officers in 2016. Experts from the Association of Psychologists of Kazakhstan and CARICC with the involvement of officers from the Main Division for Border Control of the Border Service provided the border guards, previously chosen by the Border Service as instructors on profiling, with the skills to develop the system of risk profiling, statistical instruments to analyse information on criminal incidents and ways to develop an actionable risk profile in-depth.
Other topics included in-depth psychological analysis of a suspect’s verbal and non-verbal communication as well as contribute to elaborating a list of specific risk indicators. A manual “On Organization of Profiling at Border Crossing Points” developed by the experts from CARICC and the Association of psychologists with the support from Office and the US Embassy was presented at the opening.