First Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams and Controlled Deliveries

 

The EU-ACT Project has organised the First Workshop on Joint Investigation Teams and Controlled Deliveries for countries of South Caucasus, Ukraine, Central Asia and South Asia, which is taking place in Tbilisi from February 26th to March 2nd.

The regional conference was opened by Mr Kakhaber Sabanadze, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs; Mr Giorgi Badashvili, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of Georgia; Mr Alexandre Baramidze, First Deputy Minister of Justice; Ms Ketevan Khutsishvili, Justice, Freedom Security Programme Manager form the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and Mr Thomas Carter, the Team Leader of EU-ACT.

The trans-regional conference was held during the whole week at Marriott Courtyard in Tbilisi. In addition to theoretical learning, the conference also involved practical exercises tailored to the real work process. The conference was led by experts from the Ministry of Internal Affairs from Spain and France and from the National Crime Agency from the United Kingdom as well as speakers coming from EUROPOL and EUROJUST. The presenters reviewed the experience and examples from the European Union.

Representatives of law-enforcement authorities, customs authorities and prosecutor’s offices of Georgia Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan attended this conference. Within the working process, the participants shared their experience in the fight against drug-trafficking, discussed the joint challenges and enhanced the future cooperation.

The workshop was very practical and it included a table-top exercise. Participants split into three separate syndicates, based on geographic coherence for scenario. Each syndicate received a tailor-made scenario. Throughout the day “updates” to the scenario was provided to simulate a real investigation. Syndicates had to decide who took the investigative lead and discuss the legal issues within and between the relevant countries.

Once scenarios had concluded each syndicate outlined their scenario analysing; how they set up Command and Control, the decision-making process, how legal issues were identified/tackled, how the scenario unfolded and lesson learned.

In the last day of the workshop a plenary discussion took place to discuss:

  1. Current major issues regarding drugs trafficking.
  2. Emerging/major transit routes and how to cooperate more effectively to tackle major trafficking groups.
  3. Legal and operational measures that can be utilised to achieve a bigger impact.

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