With a view to enhancing the knowledge and practical skills of BCP officers on document identification, fraud detection and profiling methods and techniques, on 27-30 March, ICMPD in Armenia organized a series of trainings in Bagratashen, Gogavan and Bavra Border Crossing Points and Border Control Detachment (BCD) Training Centre in Yerevan. During the trainings the involved BCD staff was trained how to detect forged and falsified ID documents (incl.travel documents, visa, visa applications, breeding documents) by using modern document control equipment.
The trainings were delivered by ICMPD expert Saud Kadic. A balanced mix of theory and problem solving, the trainings covered profiling and verification techniques, provided an insight into the inspection of ID documents and security features and detection of counterfeit and forged ID documents. From 20 to 25 officers – shift leaders and warrant officers –first line controllers representing Bagratashen, Gogavan and Bavra Border Crossing Points and BCPs were introduced to international best practices on identification and risk profiling techniques with a special focus on current trends in technology and its application. A number of practical exercises were provided to the participants with the opportunity to apply their newly-acquired skills.
The trainings aimed to enhance Armenia border security and management in order to promote safe and open borders and ensure the free and secure cross-border movement of persons and goods. It is part of the ICMPD in Armenia long-term effort aimed at enhancing the country’s border security and management while countering transnational threats.