Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

Law enforcement agencies of Uzbekistan improve their identification and profiling skills

15/12/2016 - 13:17

The European Union continues to offer significant support to strengthen border security in Central Asian states. Namely, on December 14-16, Tashkent will be hosting the National Workshop on Identification and Profiling of Travelers.


This event is conducted under the EU-funded Border Management in Central Asia Programme (BOMCA 9). The workshop will gather participants from the State Border Guards Committee under the National Security Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, involved in profiling and identification of travelers. 

This workshop aims to present EU good practices in the area of identification and profiling of different groups of travelers and to introduce modern technics in profiling different categories of persons crossing state border. During the event the participants will exchange experience and best practices on profiling and its modern aspects and approaches to travellers' identification at the border crossing points, including criminal profiling, information comparative analysis, documents check and profile development methods. Several tools for classification of travellers, such as first impression, people's habits and characteristics, migrants' appearance, reaction to suspicious behaviour will be considered in theory and put into practice through exercises and group work.

Such workshops are planned to be conducted in all five Central Asian states. Based on their results the EU experts will develop recommendations for bringing current national profiling and identification mechanisms in compliance with the international standards and best practices.

First activities of the the 'Border Management Programme in Central Asia' (BOMCA) Programme were launched in 2003. Since then, BOMCA has strengthened the partnership between Central Asian Governments in the field of border management. The European Union allocated EUR 40,8 million to BOMCA between 2003 – 2018, out of which almost EUR 5 million were granted to its 9th implementation phase (2015 - 2018).

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