From 3 to 7 April, the Programme Office co-organised the third in a series of five-day training courses on risk profiling at border checkpoints to assist the host country in countering transnational threats. Seventeen officers of the Border Service of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee took part in a training seminar entitled “Profiling at Border Checkpoints Aimed at Countering Transnational Crime” co-organised by the Office together with the US 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).
Experts from the Association of Psychologists of Kazakhstan and CARICC provided border guards with the skills to develop a system of risk profiling, statistical instruments to analyse information on criminal incidents and ways to develop an actionable risk profile. Training included techniques for in-depth psychological analysis of a suspect’s verbal and non-verbal behaviour, as well as ways to identify specific risk indicators. A practical exercise was conducted at the Astana International Airport, where participants were able to utilize their newly acquired skills.