From 22 to 26 March in Karasu, the Programme Office supported a cross-border training seminar on risk profiling at border checkpoints. The seminar was co-organised by the Office, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Embassy in Astana, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central Asia, and the Border Service of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee.
Twelve officers of the Border Service of Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee and eight officers of the State Border Service of Kyrgyzstan took part in the event. Experts from the Central Asian Regional Information Co-ordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC), the Academy of the Border Service of the Committee for National Security of Kazakhstan and the Association of Psychologists of Kazakhstan led the course. They instructed participants in employing statistical instruments to analyse information on criminal incidents and develop an actionable in-depth risk profile to assist in countering transnational threats.
The curriculum 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 number of practical exercises provided the participants with the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge.