A Training Course for Dog Handlers from Central Asia started in Tashkent

16 Sep 2013

The Regional advanced training course for twenty practicing dog handlers from border management agencies representing Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan started today. The training is organised by the EU-UNDP Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) jointly with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the National Dog Training Centre under the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan.

Twenty dog handlers with their dogs will be trained in modern practices of drugs and explosives search to further apply the acquired knowledge and skills at the national borders of the Central Asian states. The participants of the Training Course will be divided into two groups, where one group will be trained in explosives’ search, and another will be trained in search for drugs. For practical courses each student will be provided with one German shepherd, spaniel or/and Labrador, dog’s outfit, dog handlers’ outfit, and training materials. Upon completion of the course the students will take trained dogs, dog’s outfit, and dog handlers’ outfit to their home countries for future use.

During the training, participants will get theoretical and professional skills in search for drugs and explosives. Dog handlers will be trained with their dogs using imitating facilities at specially equipped training sites. Participants will also be acquainted with the best EU practices in dog training, in particular, of the Canine School of the Austrian Police Academy.

It is expected that after the training dog handlers from all five Central Asian border management agencies (border guards and customs officers) will strengthen cooperation through informal contacts. 

The National Dog Training Centre under the Customs Committee of Uzbekistan, established in 1996, is considered as the major training facility for instructors, dog handlers and specialised dogs in Uzbekistan. The Centre has specially equipped simulation classrooms, veterinary and obstetrics units, a hotel with 78 rooms and other facilities.

The overall objectives of BOMCA are to help increase security in the Central Asian region, to contribute toward the facilitation of legitimate trade and transit, and to reduce the illicit movement of goods and people. The EU-UNDP BOMCA assistance programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP and ICMPD as an implementing partner.

For additional information, please contact Alfiya Musina, BOMCA Country Manager in Uzbekistan, at alfiya.musina@undp.org  or at (998 71) 120 68 93