A one-week training course for 15 Serbian border guards to enhance their skills in detecting forged and fraudulent documents as well as imposters was held from 29 October to 2 November 2018 in Belgrade. The course was organised by the Border Security and Management Unit of the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department.
The course examined the latest trends in counterfeiting and the methodologies of identifying forgeries. Practical exercises focused on differences between original, forged and false documents, and the effective use of equipment such as magnifying lenses to identify forged document.
The OSCE also donated equipment, including professional magnifying lenses, which could be used for passport control exercises during training activities.
The course was conducted by two experts from the Directorate using training materials approved by the OSCE and the European Union’s border agency FRONTEX. The course follows a series of several courses on the detection of forged travel documents organized by the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit since 2015 in different countries, especially in South-Eastern Europe.