AKIPRESS.COM - A four-week training course on sustained field operation capacity for border officers of Tajikistan’s Border Troops was completed on 18 November 2021 in Dushanbe. The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe in co-operation with Tajikistan’s Border Troops organized the course, which was funded by the European Union.
Thirty border officers, including ten women, benefited from the course and enhanced their skills in military and topography map reading, first aid related to battlefield injuries, tactical patrolling, radio communications, national border regulations, gender awareness, risk assessment, patrol report writing, and survival techniques specific to summer and winter. Tactical patrolling modules included lessons on national legislation and international human rights commitments pertaining to the rights and treatment of detainees and refugees.
While addressing participants at the closing ceremony, Ilgar Ibrahimli, Senior Executive Officer at the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe expressed his appreciation to Tajikistan’s Border Troops for their support. “Since mid-February till the end of this year, 13 training courses for 432 Tajik border troop officers have been conducted within this project,” said Ibrahimli. He also extended his gratitude to the EU for its financial support in implementing the project.
General Major Safarali Mirzozoda, Deputy Commander of the Border Troops of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan noted that graduates of the course have repeatedly demonstrated their skills and knowledge in the field of topography, tactical training, medical training, survival in various conditions.
This training course is part of a project funded through the European Union’s Foreign Policy Instrument. The project aims to increase the professional capacity of both Tajikistan’s Border Troops and Afghan Border Services to better tackle illicit activities in border areas. The project also aims to strengthen the capacity of the Committee on Emergency Situations and Civil Defense to respond to natural disasters in border regions.