Transnational Threats 

Official Ceremony of Taking Oath and the Launch of the New Police Patrol Service, Kyiv, 4 July 2015. (OSCE/ Tetiana Medun)

Official Ceremony of Taking Oath and the Launch of the New Police Patrol Service, Kyiv, 4 July 2015. (OSCE/ Tetiana Medun)

FOs work closely with the Transnational Threats Department (TNTD) in addressing transnational threats (TNT), and to optimize support provided to pS on TNT-related matters. This cooperation is illustrative of how field missions often operationalize projects, while the institutions or Secretariat bring the international expertise.

The Strategic Police Matters Unit (TNTD/SPMU) provides expertise to FOs on: Community Policing; Intelligence-Led Policing; preventing gender-based violence; addressing organized crime; combatting threat of illicit drugs and precursors; combating and preventing migration-related crime, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings; and responding to cybercrime. TNTD/SPMU has established a network of law enforcement education and training institutions – the OSCE Police Academies Network (PAN), including in States with field operations. 

OSCE Mission to Serbia

The OSCE Mission to Serbia organizes advanced training courses on “Interactive Money Laundering Investigative Techniques” as part of the project “Enhancing Capacities of Serbian Police to fight corruption”. Police investigators and prosecutors participated in a case study-based training relating to money laundering investigations. TNTD, OCEEA and the OSCE Mission to Serbia organized a regional workshop to enhance cooperation and mutual legal assistance in asset recovery to support coordinating regional efforts in combating transnational crime, which was attended by representatives from criminal prosecutors’ offices, financial organized and police investigators from in financial investigations and financial organized crime units. The participants from Albania, BiH, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia discussed regional co-operation in relation to financial investigations, anti-money laundering, seizures of criminal proceeds and the management of assets seized from persons suspected of organized crime. 

FOs work also closely with the The Action against Terrorism Unit to implement activities and projects on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism (P/CVERLT); preventing and countering use of internet for terrorist purposes; countering financing of terrorism; and promoting implementation of the international legal framework, promoting the rule of law and enhancing legal co-operation in criminal matters related to terrorism. Efforts by FOs in Central Asia to support pS to build capacity to combat terrorism while respecting human rights are often conducted with both the ATU and ODIHR.

Project Office in Dushanbe (POiD)

The Project Office in Dushanbe (POiD) supported the working group from the Office of the Prosecutor General on the development of a new national strategy on countering violent extremism and terrorism 2021-2025. The POiD In partnership with government bodies and civil society, continues to build the capacity and resilience of communities in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism (VERLT), in line with the national strategy. Law enforcement officers and representatives of the judiciary, youth, teachers and parents who have participated, have improved their knowledge in areas such as countering the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, strengthening rule-of-law compliant criminal justice responses to terrorism, countering terrorism financing, and enhancing community resilience against violent extremism at the grassroots level. These activities also led to fruitful discussions on countering violent extremism and terrorism online while upholding fundamental freedoms and human rights, and resulted in a set of actionable policy responses and recommendations that are expected to be considered and integrated in day-to-day operations at the executive level. 

FOs support the capacity of Border Security and Management (BSM) services through initiatives such as: Identification and prevention of cross-border travel of potential foreign terrorist fighters (FTF)/returnees; Travel Document Security/detection of forged documents and imposters; promotion of advance passenger information; promotion of efficient practices on border delimitation and demarcation; promotion of gender mainstreaming policies in BSM. The FOs support the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Point (BSM NFP) Network. FOs in Central Asia are engaged with the Central Asian Border Management Initiative (CABMI) Conferences, which are organized annually.