ASTANA – According to an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Programme Office in Astana press release, a three-week advanced course in Almaty on the use of detection dogs began Aug. 10. The event is aimed at helping enhance the capacity of Kazakhstan’s law enforcement bodies by improving their ability and knowledge in the effective use of dogs to ensure security and stability in the country.
The organisers of the event were the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Canine Centre of the State Revenues Committee as well as the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.
Five canine specialists representing the State Revenues Committee, National Security Committee, State Protection Service, Border Guard Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs received training by the head of the Canine Centre at Austria’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. The participants got acquainted with some of the most advanced techniques and methods of training dogs and dog handling through hands-on training on detection of explosives. It is expected that later they will act as multipliers and share the knowledge acquired with law enforcement colleagues at their respective duty stations.
The course is part of the OSCE Programme Office’s multi-year activities in enhancing Kazakhstan’s abilities to counter transnational organised crime and follows a similar training course held in October 2014, the press release reported.
The OSCE Programme Office in Astana works on security issues, including arms control, border management, the fight against terrorism, trafficking in human beings, arms and drugs, economic and environmental topics, human rights and rule of law issues and media freedom.