01. 12. 2022
Seminar on Dynamic Security & Prison Intelligence on Radicalization
Some 30 officers of the Kyrgyz prison administration and other state agencies participated in a seminar organized by LEICA in Bishkek from 29 November – 1 December 2022. The seminar was opened by the Ambassador at Large for Cooperation With Euroepan Union at the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Experts from Kyrgyzstan and EU Member States of France, Portugal and Spain exchanged their practices and knowledge in the area of security, risk assessment and rehabilitation in prison. They also discussed methods on gathering and processing information within prisons to prevent radicalization and recruitment among inmates, and to detect early signals of terrorist proselytism, recruiting or preparation of terrorist attack from inside prisons. They also discussed about rehabilitation programmes that are being implemented with terrorists and extremists in some prisons of the European Union Member States. Unfortunately, as everybody knows, recent terrorist attacks in Europe were committed by persons who were radicalized while in prison. In this regard, the Director of LEICA said that prisoners who are radicalised or suspected of being radicalised pose a particular risk, and their behaviour can be particularly dangerous for both prison staff and other prisoners. It is therefore very important to be able to assess this risk with appropriate methods, and to, systematically, gather intelligence within the prisons themselves.
Among the recommendations stemming from the discussions was to reinforce the intelligence capacities of the prison service, and to create simulation training rooms on signals of extremism/terrorist activity.
The EU-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.