Fighting organized crime in Belarus
Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe with 3,000 km of borderland shared with five countries. As such, it is becoming a targeted transit country for crime groups smuggling illicit merchandise between Asian and European markets.
Belarus’s principal transnational crime challenges include trafficking in drugs, people, weapons and works of art as well as illegal migration and international terrorism.
The international characteristics of these crime areas and their links with crime networks around the world make the role of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Belarus fundamental to maintaining national and regional security.
INTERPOL in Belarus
NCB Minsk is part of the Criminal Police, and plays a central role in preventing the country and surrounding region from serving international organized crime.
By providing globally-sourced intelligence about regional crime trends, the NCB helps police officers across Belarus detect and investigate the flow of illicit goods along trafficking routes in and around the country.
NCB Minsk is a regular partner in INTERPOL-led global police operations in the region, particularly as it relates to trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation.
Law enforcement in Belarus
Law enforcement services in Belarus are provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA).
Other national bodies responsible for specific aspects of national law enforcement also include:
- Investigation Committee;
- General Prosecutor’s Office;
- State Border Guard Committee;
- State Customs Committee;
- State Security Committee;
- Financial Investigation Department (State Control Committee).