On 9 June, a two-week ‘Training of Trainers’ course on the detection of forged documents and identification of imposters concluded in Tashkent. The course was organised by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan (PCUz) with support from the Travel Document Security Programme of the OSCE Secretariat’s Transnational Threats Department.
The training course was attended by 19 officers of relevant departments of the State Border Protection Service and National Security Service as well as 12 officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoIA) of Uzbekistan. Experts of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior shared best practices in ensuring international document security, including identifying falsified travel documents during a document control. The course 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 was part of the PCUz project on ‘Supporting the Republic of Uzbekistan in the fight against terrorism’. The project focuses on providing assistance to national law enforcement agencies and relevant institutions from the non-governmental sector in improving the capabilities of those working in the area to effectively respond to terrorism-related threats in compliance with OSCE commitments related to human rights and the rule of law.