In the Field of Combating Drug Crime - Regional Training

On the basis of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on June 4-8, a regional training is held with the participation of international experts from the OSCE for representatives of law enforcement agencies.

This week the International Training Center of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is hosting a regional training course "The basics of digital forensics using open source software and conducting investigations on the Internet in the field of combating illicit drug trafficking and other crimes." Knowledge and experience are shared by international experts from the Department for Combating Transnational Threats of the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Among the participants of the training are representatives of the Department for Drug Control and Countering Trafficking in Human Beings of the criminal militia of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the faculty of the police high school, as well as the competent bodies of the Russian Federation. The training, conducted with the financial, expert and organizational support of the OSCE, is aimed at enhancing the capacity of law enforcement agencies of different countries to investigate crimes related to illicit drug trafficking in the shadow markets of cyberspace.

Welcoming the audience, the deputy head of the Main Department of Drug Control and Combating Human Trafficing, the colonel of militia Andrei Saladovnikov, stressed the effectiveness of such training courses and the relevance of the current event.

- The severity of the topic of digital forensics against the background of the increasing flow of information coming from the Internet, is becoming more tangible. Along with the benefits, the global network has now become the main means of distributing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. We are forced to state that over 90% of drugs have left the street on the Internet, - Saladovnikov noted.

Rasa Ostrauskaitė, coordinator of activities to combat transnational threats of the Department for Combating Transnational Threats of the OSCE Secretariat, spoke about the dynamics of the development of drug crime and the effectiveness of joint efforts in the fight against crime. The current training was organized during last year's similar event.

- Information technologies, unfortunately, are increasingly involved in criminal activities. In the context of this, the work of law enforcers is unthinkable without the use of the latest technological means. For quality work, especially when investigating crimes, including those related to drug trafficking, for each employee, whether as an investigator, operative or expert, the knowledge of digital forensics is important. The new training course was developed by our experts together with the Belarusian side, " Ostrauskaite said..

The counterpart of police activities in the field of combating illicit drug trafficking of the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Department for Combating Transnational Threats of the OSCE Secretariat Eduard Lokotunin spoke about the features of the weekly training program and expressed the hope for constructive communication of international experts with the MVD Academy teachers on the subject of the event and the content of future training courses.


Anastasia Voinova, GIPR of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Photo of the author

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