Joint Regional Patrols

Building the Capacities of and Strengthening Cooperation between Law Enforcement Officials of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo*; Macedonia; Montenegro; and Serbia

Project Partner: International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Project Period: October 2013 – October 2014

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The proposed initiative builds upon previous interventions within the sphere of cross-border cooperation and will focus on the enhanced capacity of Border Police officials from all project locations to further address irregular migration, human and other forms of smuggling, human trafficking, and other cross-border crime, prioritising an enhanced level of cooperation and coordination between border management services. The overall objective is to contribute to reducing the risks of irregular migration and cross-border transgressions at the common borders of the Western Balkan countries, supporting the enhanced security in the region and the Western European States. This objective will be achieved through enhancing cross-border cooperation and communication through the implementation of joint patrols and use of mobile units, further harmonising capacities and operating procedures of law enforcement officials in accordance with EU/IBM standards, and strengthening the capacities and efficiency of Border Police Units in responding to and tackling cross-border crime.

      The project plans to reach the following outcomes:

  1. Border Police have access to specialised and tailored training curriculum on joint patrols and cross-border cooperation, Regional Transnational Crime Manual, and Handbook that incorporates relevant legislation for the implementation of Joint Patrols;
  2. Border Police officials of participating project locations have enhanced capacities for cross-border coordination, sharing of information, joint patrols, and joint investigations at the bilateral, trilateral, and regional level;
  3. Operational capacities of Border Police Officials of Albania, BiH, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia further harmonised with EU/IBM standards;
  4. Capacities of the Border Police/Mobile Units for Combating Cross Border Crimes strengthened through the procurement of specialized technical equipment for increasing the efficiency in the fight against different forms of cross-border crime.

Overview of activities funded by the SPCP:

  • Create a specialised regional training curriculum on joint patrols and cross-border cooperation;
  • Develop a Regional Transnational Crime Manual;
  • Draft a Handbook that incorporates relevant legislation for the implementation of joint patrols amended in line with the PCC SEE Manual;
  •  Training of trainers courses forborder police officials on, inter alia, joint patrolling, new modalities of cross-border crime, sharing of information, identification of victims of trafficking, and interview techniques;
  • Specialised trainings led by national training experts and the participants who took part in the train of trainers courses. The specialised trainings will be on laws amendments concerning border control and management, new modalities of smuggling of goods and persons, practical operational exercises including training on procedures for readmission, use of specialised equipment, and administrative procedures;
  • Study visit to an EU country that has established functioning Mobile Units in accordance with EU standards and has border police officers deployed to a Police and Customs Cooperation Centre;
  • Procure two river patrol boats and handover to the border police;
  • Procure requisite technical equipment such as devices for the identification of falsified documents, thermal imaging cameras and/or night vision gear, CO2 detectors, UV lamps, Fiberscopes and hand over to the border police.