In 2013, the Presence in Albania in co-operation with international experts successfully delivered covert rural observation post surveillance (‘CROPS’) training to the police special forces, to support the police’s efforts to fight serious and organized crime.
The end of course report observed that several gaps in essential skills remained. Therefore, a two-week follow-up training was prepared to address these gaps and is being delivered as of 22 September.
The training programme was designed to deliver to the surveillance unit extensive know-how on map reading, alternative means of entry, urban observation posts and foot, mobile and anti/counter surveillance techniques, in order to facilitate the safe implementation of difficult intelligence-gathering operations in the fight against organized crime, including drugs’ cultivation and trafficking.
The training will be an added value to the ongoing efforts of the police in countering drug-related crime in Albania.