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02 July 2015

Forensic document examination focus of Balkans INTERPOL training

SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – Enhancing regional expertise in detecting counterfeit security documents is the focus of a train-the-trainer course in Skopje on security document examination delivered by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit and Security Documents Branch (CSDB).

Some 30 border and immigration officials and forensic document examiners from seven Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) are attending the three-day (1 – 3 July) course.

CSDB’s aim is to reinforce forensic document examination and operational capacities in the participating countries by developing collaborative forensic document examination strategies so as to implement more effective border control measures.

“This INTERPOL course addresses cross border crimes that are facilitated by counterfeit security documents. There is a real need for the continuous professional development and assessment of competencies in the area of security document examination,” said Marjan Nakovski, Assistant Director of the Criminal Police at the Ministry of the Interior in Skopje.

Jim Anderson, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit, which includes CSDB, said: “Increasing sophistication in the quality of counterfeit and fraudulent travel documents poses a serious threat to security, at national and international level. Enhancing the capacity of border and immigration officials, and forensic document examiners, is therefore integral to seeking solutions to this global problem.”

INTERPOL’s Counterfeit and Security Documents Branch provides forensic support, operational assistance and technical databases to assist its 190 member countries as well as high-security companies in the areas of counterfeit currency, travel documents (passports and identity documents) and other security documents.