Commencing on 29 May, the PCUz commenced a ‘Training of Trainers’ course on travel document security, in Tashkent. With support from the Transnational Threats Department’s Travel Document Security Programme, the course is intended to take place over ten days.
The course was attended by 19 officers of relevant departments of the State Border Protection and National Security Services and 12 officers of the Internal Affairs Ministry of Uzbekistan. Experts of the Austrian Federal Interior Ministry are sharing best practices in ensuring international document security, including identifying falsified travel documents during the document control process. Participants were also expected to examine the manufacturing process of forged travel documents, the use of paper and polymer substrates to ensure document security, conventional printing techniques, photo protection, secondary verification, profiling and the latest trends in counterfeiting methods and means of identifying them.
The course was aimed at improving the ability of local law enforcement agencies to recognize original, forged and false documents, to utilize forensic equipment to identify document forgery and prepare trainers to disseminate further received knowledge, skills and practical experience within the relevant agencies of Uzbekistan. The training is part of the OSCE’s joint project with Uzbekistan to provide assistance to national law enforcement agencies and relevant institutions from the non-governmental sector in improving the capabilities of practitioners to effectively respond to terrorism-related threats in compliance with OSCE commitments related to human rights and the rule of law.