Kyrgyzstan plans to create drug policemen training centre
Kyrgyzstan's law enforcement agencies plan to create a drug policemen training centre with Russia's assistance, Itar-Tass reported.
"The creation of a training centre, possibly in Osh [south of the country], is a very interesting and promising issue," the head of Kyrgyzstan's drug control authority, Vitaly Orozaliyev, said at a meeting of the a meeting of the coordinating board of the heads of the anti-drug agencies of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) on Monday, November 22.
Specialists from Russia and competent authorities of Kyrgyzstan would like Russian specialists teach at the centre specific subjects such as detective work and special training, Orozaliyev said.
"These subjects are of interest to us as is interaction with members of Russia's FSKN [anti-drug authority]," he said.
According to the official, the anti-drug service in Kyrgyzstan is in its formative period and is only 60 percent staffed.
"There is a shortage of materiel, special means and vehicles, and so the service cannot respond to drug crime effectively yet," he said.
Federal Anti-Drug Committee Chairman (FSKN) Viktor Ivanov supported his initiative. "I think this should be done as quickly as possible. We welcome the idea of creating such a centre," he said.
"Central Asia needs qualified specialists badly," Ivanov added.
"Currently, FSKN teams travel to Central Asia for short training courses. But since the problem of drugs is quite acute in Kyrgyzstan, we are ready to submit a proposal to the government regarding the creation of such a centre in this republic," he said.