Towards enhanced border security: 73 borders officers trained on “Supervision over criminal intelligence work and risk analysis”
Mostar – On 28th April, the Agency for Education and Professional Training (AEPTM) and Border police of BiH together with the International Organization for Migration marked the successful completion of the training program on “Supervision over criminal intelligence work and risk analysis” for 73 officers of agencies participating in the Risk Analysis Centre during an official certification ceremony.
Bringing together the Border Police of BiH, Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Veterinary Office and the Bosnia and Herzegovina Plant Health Protection Administration, the ceremony was the occasion to handover certificates to 57 out of the 73 individuals who completed the training program.
The program was conducted in three phases following the curriculum developed by AEPTM in accordance with the Frontex methodology for joint integrated risk analysis (CIRAM 2.0).
Director of the Agency for Education and Professional Development of Personnel, Marko Vujević, expressed gratitude to representatives of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for their cooperation, which resulted in the organization and implementation of a high-quality five-month training program. "The aim was to connect representatives of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Foreigners Affairs Service, the Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Plant Health Protection Administration of Bosnia and Herzegovina so that they can have timely surveillance and intelligence information flow through important information channels and provide them to colleagues who will act both practically and preventively."
The aim of the training was to facilitate further operationalization of the Joint Centre For State Border Risk Analysis (JCRA) by strengthening the system of timely information exchange and institutionalization of risk analysis. Throughout the trainings, participants acquired improved knowledge, skills, and competencies related to the supervision of criminal intelligence work and risk analysis according to the Common Integrated Risk Analysis Model 2.0 (CIRAM 2.0).
The Head of the Central Investigation Office of the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Adnan Kosovac, stated that the areas of the criminal-intelligence -led policing (ILP) and risk analysis are extremely important for the development of the Border Police. He reminded that the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina has made significant efforts in the past decade to train its officials. "It's one thing to have people doing their jobs, and another thing to have trainers who can further train personnel in our institution. The Border Police has shown that it is open to all forms of cooperation to improve its work, and we are particularly pleased that through this model we have approached the work of police forces of the European Union, especially the FRONTEX methodology in the field of risk analysis," emphasized Kosovac.
The training is of significant strategic importance as it will lead to the adoption of a uniform methodology at all levels of institutions involved in Integrated Border Management and further enhance border security by providing real-time information on cross-border movements and activities. The aim of the training was also to increase cooperation between different border agencies as a crucial step towards improved efficiency in combatting cross-border crimes, while facilitating harmonization with European and international standards.
The Migration Coordinator of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in BiH, Dražan Rozić, said that IOM implemented this project with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, and that they will continue cooperation through, inter alia, the training of Border police officers, i.e., cadets, police inspectors, with the help of EU funds. "IOM is dedicated to migration, migrant rights, human rights, protection of vulnerable categories, and with this project, I hope we will improve access to managing migration flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina, through our cooperation with and support to the Service for Foreigners' Affairs and the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Rozić said today.
The ceremony was organized by the Agency for Education and Professional Training (AEPTM) and the International Organization for Migration, with the scope of the “Western Balkans Integrated Border Management” facility, financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, to mark the joints efforts throughout the successful implementation of the trainings.