UNODC delivers an Advanced Training Course on Strengthening the Capacities of Criminal Justice Institutions in Latin America and Caribbean

Under the framework of CRIMJUST, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), supporting the Ministry of Security in Argentina, delivered, jointly with Secretariat for the fight Against Drug Trafficking, an advanced training course against drug trafficking on 4 June 2018.

During the opening, Mr. Marco Teixeira, CRIMJUST coordinator, noted that the UNODC considers the training as an essential element in strengthening the capacities of criminal justice institutions by promoting strong ties between agencies and ministries of Argentina and CRIMJUST participating countries.

The course was delivered to 350 officers from the Argentinean Federal Forces, Customs and National Public Prosecutor’s Office as well as officials from Colombia, Panama, and Peru.

Experts from the UNODC and national agencies provided an in-depth analysis of the current challenges related to drug trafficking from a global perspective, and more specifically, tailored to the regional context. A wide arrange of topics including the control of chemical precursors, money laundering, the use of cryptocurrencies and judicial cooperation were covered.

In collaboration with the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), the course also provided the participants with a solid framework on the most effective research methodologies and techniques for investigations at ports and in airports. In this context, participants analysed the link between corruption and transnational organised crime, and identified the most common corruption risks to effectively define applicable integrity measures.

The Minister of Security of Argentina, Ms. Patricia Bullrich, highlighted that “to fight against a complex crime as versatile as drug trafficking, training and specialisation is vital, as well as ties of confidence and the exchange of experiences that are generated in these kind of events”.

Likewise, the EU Ambassador H.E. Ms. Aude Maio-Coliche endorsed the efforts of CRIMJUST in organising trainings with a multidimensional approach to address cocaine trafficking in Latin America.