First dog handlers competitions held in Almaty (05/06/2010)

ALMATY, 5 June 2010 – Today fourteen Border Guard dog handlers from Central Asia, Russian Federation and Azerbaijan were awarded prizes and certificates upon completion of their training.

The five-day training was organized at the Dog Training Centre of the Military Institute of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan. The EU-UNDP Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) provided awards for winners of the competitions and covered expenses of border guards and their dogs from each participating Central Asian country.

The course will help handlers and their dogs fulfill their daily operational duties more efficiently and professionally. The training’s agenda aimed at upgrading the participants' practical and theoretical knowledge of dog handling techniques in search of drugs and explosives including inspection of vehicles and passengers’ baggage.

Within the framework of the EU-UNDP BOMCA assistance programme, the European Union fosters institutional reform in border management, strengthens training capacities, assists in securing the Tajik-Afghan border, improves the infrastructure along trade and transit routes, and helps counter drug smuggling in Central Asia.

The EU-UNDP BOMCA assistance programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.

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