WCO Programme Global Shield training for Afghan Customs and police officers on the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices

19 June 2014

As part of the WCO Programme Global Shield, 17 Customs and police officers from Afghanistan participated at a Train-the-Trainer session on detecting and deterring the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The Afghani officers are now equipped with skills required to provide training on the control of such commodities within their own administration and, as WCO accredited trainers, will train officers on combating the threat of IEDs.

The training took place from 9 to 20 June at the WCO Europe Regional Office for Capacity Builiding (ROCB) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The officers from the Afghanistan Customs Department (ACD) and the Afghanistan Border Police (ABP) were presented with theory and practical exercises regarding IEDs threats, explosive precursor chemicals detection, recognition and identification, examination techniques and WCO enforcement tools. They also practiced their presentation skills in preparation for trainings they will conduct.

The WCO organizes such trainings as vital steps to build awareness about the threats posed by the trade in some specific chemicals and to build capacity to combat illicit trade and secure the supply chain.

The event was opened and closed by Major-General Guloglan Muradli, Chief of the Department for Prevention of Smuggling of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, who reflected on the importance of training Customs and law enforcement specialists to combat smuggling and trafficking of precursor chemicals and components used to manufacture IEDs.

The training received the support of representatives from the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme, the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for East & Central Europe (RILO), the Customs Service of Poland, the Customs Administration of Georgia and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Directorate of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It was provided in Dari, Pashto, English and Russian.

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