18. 11. 2022
Training for first-line police officers in the Issyk-Kul oblast on Preventing Radicalization and Extremism In Society
The European Union-funded project LEICA (Law Enforcement in Central Asia) and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs (Department of fighting Extremism and Illegal Migration) have organized a training seminar on countering terrorism and detection of radicalization from 14-18 November 2022. The seminar has taken place in the cities of Karakol and Balykchy of the Issyk-Kul oblast (Kyrgyzstan). More than 100 first-line officers (including 4 women) of the Kyrgyz militia participated in the activity.
The training was provided by three police officers of the Kyrgyz Ministry of the Interior (MVD) and three police officers from European Union member states (EUMS), namely Belgium, Spain and Estonia. The trainers provided information about the terrorist groups operating in Central Asia, and about extremist organizations prohibited in Kyrgyzstan, their differences, and details about how to recognize their signals and practices. Moreover, the EUMS experts, who participated online, presented their experiences in the prevention of terrorism and identification of signals of radicalization by first-line police officers in cooperation with civil society communities. Participants were very interested in these experiences and asked a good number of questions, which were thoroughly answered by the experts.
Methodological manuals, leaflets and booklets, developed and prepared by the Ministry of the Internal Affairs and printed with the financial support of the LEICA project, were distributed among the participants to help them in the daily service activities.
The project LEICA and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Internal Affairs are ready to continue cooperation and providing this training in the coming months to the rest of the Kyrgyzstan oblasts.
The Project LEICA is implemented by the European Commission through a consortium made of French CIVIPOL and Slovak ISEMI, supported by Interpol.