30 Sep 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) The Namibian and Austrian Police Forces are conducting a course on document security and identification of persons, which commenced here on Monday.
The course, to be offered in three training sessions, will run until 18 October 2019.
In a speech read on her behalf, the Executive Director of the Ministry of Safety and Security, Commissioner Retired, Trephine Kamati said: The course will provide an opportunity to benchmark and learn from the Austrian Police Force to enhance our competencies in order to be on par with other advanced policing organisations.
She said the course will amongst others address issues on devices or equipment for document verification, security features in the paper, printing and production techniques and interpretation of international civil aviation organisation principles.
It will also among others cover issues pertaining to imposter recognition, anatomy and image matching, significance of counterfeit documents, profiling and visa regulations and documents standardization, she said.
On his part, Austrias Ambassador to Namibia Johann Brieger said this project will strengthen the cooperation between Austrias Ministry of the Interior and the Namibian Police Force.
With a dramatic increase of people travelling and thus people moving across borders, most of them on legal grounds but some illegally by using forged documents, it is of utmost relevance to be able to know who is entering across your borders and on what grounds, he said.
He stressed the need to know who is crossing their borders and on what grounds.
Brieger, who is a former director of the departments in charge of the fight against terrorism, drugs trafficking, human trafficking and other forms of serious crimes in the Austrian Foreign Ministry, noted that the course represents important steps in furthering bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Participants include 20 members, of which 15 are from NamPol, and five immigration officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.