Winners of a regional competition among dog handlers from Central Asia were awarded in Almaty

04 Jun 2013

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Winners of a regional competition among dog handlers from Central Asia organised by the EU-UNDP Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) jointly with the Dog Handling Centre of the Customs Control Committee under the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan and the US Embassy, were awarded with prizes. 
 
Ten dog handlers with their service dogs from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the four-day competitions arranged at the premises of the WCO accredited- Dog handling centre.
 
The championship among dog handlers was arranged to mark the tenth anniversary of BOMCA Programme’s presence in Central Asia. BOMCA provided awards for winners of the competitions and covered expenses of border guards and their dogs from each participating Central Asian country.
 
It is expected that participation in competitions will help handlers and their dogs fulfill their daily operational duties more efficiently and professionally. The championship’s agenda is aimed at upgrading the participants' practical and theoretical knowledge of dog handling techniques in search of drugs and explosives.
 
Dog handling training sessions organized by BOMCA have proved to be important elements to border security. In addition to the first competitions among dog handlers, BOMCA conducts regular three-month training courses for border guards and customs dog handlers from Central Asia at two BOMCA regional dog training hubs, Almaty and Tashkent, to upgrade the participants' practical and theoretical knowledge of dogs handling techniques in search of drugs and explosives (for border guards), as well as inspection of vehicles and passengers’ baggage (for customs inspectors).
 
The overall objectives of BOMCA are to help increase security in the Central Asian region, to contribute toward the facilitation of legitimate trade and transit, and to reduce the illicit movement of goods and people.
 
The EU-UNDP BOMCA assistance programme is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.
 
For additional information, please contact Amir Yelchibekov, BOMCA Country Manager in Astana at (+7701) 532 02 64 or at amir.yelchibekov@undp.org