AIRCOP delivers a training on airport intelligence in South America and the Caribbean

From 22 to 26 April 2019, Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces from 8 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean benefitted from a regional online interactive training on intelligence and analysis for border control management at international airports, alongside other law enforcement officers.

Overall, 120 persons from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Peru participated (including 59 remotely) in the week-long training which was delivered by specialists from the Brazilian Federal Police.

The training was delivered using the CBSI Connect class room in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, while other locations were connected through video-conference, which enabled all participants to ask questions to the trainers and benefit from knowledge sharing and best practices.

CBSI Connect, launched by US-INL and supported by the EU through the 10th EDF, is a project which links virtual classrooms all across the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. When providing training in one of these virtual classrooms, participants from other countries can be virtually linked and participate. The course is then recorded and housed on the CBSI Connect platform to serve as a kind of e-learning resource for the participants.

This training is part of AIRCOP, a project financed by the Cocaine Route Programme, to promote an intelligence-led approach to counter transnational organized crime and illicit drug trafficking and prevent terrorism, as well as to facilitate cooperation and information sharing between law enforcement services at national, regional and international levels.

The Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) is a multi-agency project jointly implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation (WCO). AIRCOP supports the governments of over 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East in strengthening the capacities of their international airports to detect and intercept drugs, other illicit goods and high-risk passengers in origin, transit and destination countries with the overall objective of disrupting the illegal criminal networks. In addition to the EU funding through the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (Cocaine Route Programme), AIRCOP also receives additional contributions from Canada, France, Japan, Norway and the United States of America.