Implementation of the Project “Strengthening the capacity of the dog service of the Customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus and Republic of Poland”
At present the Project “Strengthening the capacity of the dog service of the Customs authorities of the Republic of Belarus and Republic of Poland” is implementing by custom authorities of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Poland, funded by the European Union within the framework of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme “Poland-Belarus-Ukraine” 2014-2020 of the European Neighborhood Instrument.
For the projects objectives in April, 2019 the contracts for the supply of 6 vehicles equipped for transportation of cynologists and service dogs and 6 automobile radio stations operating in the analog and digital ranges were signed by the Minsk Central Custom House. 3 vehicles and 6 automobile radio stations were accepted in May, 2019. The acceptance of remaining 3 vehicles is expected in autumn 2019. .
Use of specialized vehicles for the transportation of cynologists and service dogs will contribute to the more effective use of service dogs and will support in fighting illicit drug trafficking and organized crime in large measure.
Holding of experience exchange activities positively influences on the increase of project partners cynological departments capacity as well. In this way, on June 4-7, 2019 the Revenue Administration Regional Office in Bialystok organized training on the topic “Exchange of experience in tobacco products detection by Polish customs authorities” in Poland, in which Polish and Belarusian representatives took part.
The theoretical part of training allowed participants to study legal regulations regarding the purchase of service dogs, matters of its maintenance and use in the course of performance of customs control operations particularly for contraband detection purposes, tobacco goods as well. The practical part involved the demonstration of Polish cynological departments’ work in the course of procedure for customs control in passenger and cargo traffic.
Increasing mobility of groups of cynologists and holding joint trainings target a solution of cross-border problems in the sphere of illegal migration, contraband and human trafficking through Belarusian-Polish border. Thus the overall objective is adhered – enhancement of security measures of the residents on the territory of Programme’s implementation
“This document was prepared with the financial support of the European Union under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020. The Minsk Central Сustom House is fully responsible for the content of this document. This document cannot in any circumstances be considered as an expression of the position of the European Union, Managing Authorities or the Joint Technical Secretariat of the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 under the European Neighborhood Instrument”.