C1 - National Policy and Operational Responses

 

The aim of this component is to respond to a concrete need for hands-on practical training primarily for law enforcement and intelligence officers, investigators and prosecutors, promoting case integrity by strengthened application of due process and compliance with international law and human rights law. It focuses on strengthening skills in areas such as the gathering of intelligence, developing criminal cases, investigation techniques, and improved prosecutorial capacities, as well as strategic analysis in a way that incorporates and promotes due process and human rights safeguards. Support in horizontal and cross-cutting areas such as drug policies and is considered as necessary depending on the country's level of maturity, need and demand. 

Strong vetting and human rights safeguards are incorporated across the indicative focus areas such as intelligence analysis, special investigation and covert law enforcement techniques, forensic analysis skills, management of criminal cases, improvement of prosecutorial capacities, strengthening of threat assessment capabilities, enhancing cooperation methods, improving regulatory frameworks. To encourage sustainability, cooperation with the police and judicial academies is pursued.

The capacity building activities for the improvement of national policy and operational responses covers two main areas "Law enforcement capacities" and "Judicial capacities", and whenever relevant for the national context will also address the supporting area of "Policies and strategies".

(i) Law-enforcement capacities: Enhancement of law enforcement capacities to investigate organised crime, and illicit trafficking of drugs, and engage in effective police-to-police co-operation with each other as well as with anti-organised crime, and anti-drug trafficking units in other countries. Activities under this theme may include:

  • Assessments of law enforcement capacities
  • Support to anti-organised crime and anti-drug trafficking investigations and prosecutions
  • Law enforcement mentoring and training (ex. intelligence analysis, special investigation and covert law enforcement techniques, forensic analysis skills, management of criminal cases; threat assessment capacities)
  • Enhanced international law enforcement cooperation

(ii) Judicial capabilities: Strengthening of criminal justice authorities' capacities to apply legislation and prosecute and adjudicate cases of organised crime and illicit trafficking of drugs and engage in international cooperation. Activities under this theme may include:

  • Assessments of criminal justice capabilities
  • Advice on legislation
  • Judicial training (ex. improvement of prosecutorial capacities, evidence)
  • Enhanced international judicial cooperation

(iii) Policies and strategies: Promotion of consistent policies and strategies relating to organised crime, illicit trafficking of drugs and drug demand reduction that will provide frameworks that will facilitate the adoption of legislation, domestic criminal justice measures and international co-operation. Activities under this theme may include:

  • Assessments of policies and strategies relating to organised crime, illicit trafficking of drugs and drug demand reduction
  • Development or improvement of balanced and evidence-based policies and strategies
  • Targeted advice to relevant authorities and support to national drug observatories

On the basis of the requests and needs assessments of each priority country, the Project Team develops an annual programme of activities which are reviewed, updated or adjusted as necessary at every 6-monthly SCM.