UK Drugs Sniffer Dog Specialists Head for Romania to Help Stem the Flow of Illegal Drugs into Western Europe










Wisbech, UK (PRWEB) April 10, 2006

British specialist drugs dog experts are heading for Romania. British NGO – The UK Military & Police Canine Training Centre (MPCTC) – is to assist the Romanian Police to train drug sniffer dogs as part of their drugs interdiction program. They will be working at the Romanian Police dog training school in the Transylvanian town of Sibiu in the Carpathian Mountains where they will also be carrying out skills transfer to Romanian police Dog Trainers. MPCTC is confident that its efforts will assist the Romanian authorities to gain the skill sets needed to maintain a sustainable dog training program and to successfully train and operate high quality substance detection dogs internally and at their borders and airports.

MPCTC’s training methods are based on the “Systems Approach to Training” which was so successfully pioneered by the Royal Air Force and has now been implemented by both government and industry.

Drugs and terrorism

It is proven that the proceeds of illegal drugs are a major source of funding for international terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaida:

“Usama Bin Laden and Al Qaida have been based in Afghanistan since 1996, but have a network of operations throughout the world. The network includes training camps, warehouses, communication facilities and commercial operations able to raise significant sums of money to support its activity. That activity includes substantial exploitation of the illegal drugs trade from Afghanistan.” (Source: Responsibility for the terrorist atrocities in the United States, 11 september 2001 – an updated account- The Prime Minister’s Office 20-04-2004)

Drugs and the traffick of women for sexual exploitation

“Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of the threat or use of force, of other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or the giving and receiving of payment, or benefits, to achieve the consent of a person having control over a another person for the purpose of exploitation” – (UN Protocol on Trafficking, September 2000)

All countries, rich and poor alike, are affected by the crime of trafficking in human beings. Some countries are countries of origin, others transit or destination countries and some are origin, transit and destination at the same time. As far as the region of Eastern and Central Europe is concerned, the region as a whole is very much a transit region and a region of origin and to some extent also a destination for victims of human trafficking. Victims are predominantly women and girls, who are trafficked mainly for the purpose of sexual exploitation. This phenomenon of trafficking in women for the purposes of sexual exploitation is growing. The available statistical data and other data relating to the phenomenon are seldom systematically analysed, making it difficult to estimate the scale of the problem and to monitor trends over time and making it difficult for governments, NGOs and other international organisations to develop counter trafficking strategies. However, what is clear is the relationships between international criminal organisations, drug trafficking and the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

Why Romania?

A large proportion of illegal drugs, including heroin, sold in the EU (including the UK) are arriving here after transiting overland through countries such as Romania – (estimates from Interpol and UNDCP). Romania lies along what is commonly referred to as the Northern Balkan Route, and serves as a transit country for narcotics moving from Afghanistan, through Turkey and Bulgaria and onward to Western Europe. Romania is also a source of synthetic drugs that are being exported. In addition, a large amount of precursor chemicals transit Romania from West European countries heading south. The comparatively low salaries earned by most Romanian citizens make narcotics prohibitively expensive; however, law enforcement officials noted that the trend of increasing domestic use continued in 2000. According to the same officials, this trend was most prevalent in consumption of cannabis and synthetic drugs, such as “ecstasy,” among the country’s youth. Illicit narcotics from the Near and Middle East enter Romania primarily over land through its southern border with Bulgaria. However, drugs are also brought into the country via the Black Sea port of Constanta, as well as via the country’s international airports. Once in Romania, the drugs move either north through Hungary, or west through former Yugoslavia, on their way to Western Europe. The US Government estimates that approximately 90 percent of the drugs that enter Romania continue on to Western Europe, while the remaining 10 percent are consumed in country.

Quotes:

“I can see that your project could be very helpful to the Romanian Police in dealing with many of the problems relating to drug trafficking and the trafficking of women for prostitution. I am certainly delighted to commend the project……. I am grateful to you for all the valuable work you do”.

Lord Lamont Of Lerwick, (Former Conservative Chancellor)

“We have today received the official approval to start Operation Border Watch…….. I am convinced that, based on MPCTC’s experience and their “Systems Approach to Training”, along with our willingness to improve the drug search dog training system in order to stem the flow of illegal drugs through Romania, we will do a great and successful job together.

Based on this program, we can reach the following results:

•Assist Romania to have the resources to tackle this major problem on our own borders;

•Focus the international attention on a major drugs route.

•Disrupt the traffick of illegal drugs into the EU as well the UK, thereby, reducing the funds available to international terrorism.

Of course, it would be much easier to do nothing, but we can prove that is everyone’s responsibility to make a difference.

Since this operation is in the interests of us all, we are looking forward to start work and to achieve best results accordingly to the efforts done so far by both parts involved.”

Chief Commissar Isac Gheorghe Puiu, Director of the Romanian Police Dog Training School.

MPCTC’s objectives are to enable Romania to have the skills and tools in place to control the flow of illegal drugs, firearms and explosives through their country before during and after their entry into the European Union in 2007. They are using highly qualified experts in the field of detection dog training.

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