20. 10. 2023
LEICA Concludes CBRN-E Related Crime Scene Investigation Training for Law Enforcement Agencies of Kazakhstan
Twelve law enforcement officers from Kazakhstan, in particular forensic crime scene experts and investigators from the Ministry of the Interior, specialists from the Emergency Management Service, investigators from the State Committee for National Security and the Law Enforcement Academy of the Prosecutor General's Office, participated in this five-day intensive training to improve their theoretical and practical skills in the investigation and management of CBRN-E related crimes.
This training was the last in a series of national trainings on CBRN-E crime scene investigation organized by the European Union-funded LEICA (Law Enforcement In Central Asia) project, following similar trainings in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Training participants positively assessed the training, emphasizing the importance of practical exercises together with theoretical sessions, when they were challenged to provide crime scene investigation wearing different level personal protective equipment (PPE), gas masks, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and several layers of gloves, operating in multi-agency environment, planning and coordinating actions for evidence collection in contaminated environment, following EU standard operating procedures for safely to minimize risks of harm to population, environment and investigation team.
Maralbek Yeshimov, Vice Rector of the Law Enforcement Academy under the Prosecutor General's Office, underlined the importance of this specialized training in enhancing professional skills for working in difficult conditions. He noted that the acquired knowledge on EU Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), legislation and methods of evidence collection for CBRN contaminated environments will be considered for inclusion in the Academy's training program following the positive experience and results of this intensive week in Rajecke Teplice.
The training was provided by the ISEM Institute involving active service experts from Slovakia and Czech Republic. Col. Mario Kern, Director of the Department for Detection of Hazardous Substances and Environmental Crime, praised the trainees for their high motivation and eagerness to learn. He described the training as a delightful interchange of knowledge and experience, noting that it provided an opportunity for both the trainers and trainees to share standard operating procedures used across different EU agencies while learning from each other's experiences.
LEICA further receives requests from Central Asian partners to continue advanced CBRN-E terrorism related activities, which could be the subject of the second phase of the project.
The European Union funded project LEICA is managed by the EU Commission, through a consortium made up by French CIVIPOL and Slovak ISEMI, with the support of Interpol.