CEPOL residential activity 20/2018 on Illicit laboratory dismantling (advanced)

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25 June 2018

On 04-15 June 2018, an international training on handling the investigation casework in hazardous environment at illegal drug manufacturing site titled “Illicit laboratory dismantlingadvanced” organized by Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police took place in Poland. The course, realized under the CEPOL training programme with reference number 20/2018 in collaboration with Europol, took place in Jachranka, where the experts shared their knowledge with the course attendees in form of lectures. The exercises were conducted at the International Training Centre on Combating Clandestine Laboratories (ITCCCL), Police Training Centre in Legionowo near Warsaw (Poland) where the trainees put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

31 trainees from 20 Member States and 4 from countries outside the EU took part in the course dedicated to law enforcement, custom and forensic service representatives, who were shared the first-hand knowledge and expertise from practitioners of the most reputed bodies dealing with drug-related crimes including EMCDDA, EUROPOL, Central Bureau of Investigation and Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police as well as the world-renowned company Thermo Scientific which offers a range solutions for laboratory experts. During the theoretical part, the experts discussed a range of topics related to production of synthetic drugs in Europe – the methods, current trends and developments backed up with case studies illustration. As part of the preparation for the raid, which was included in the curriculum, the experts provided the trainees with practical information on illicit laboratory equipment and facilities, illustrated safety instructions and raised awareness of the traps installed by laboratory workers designed to make harm to the intruders. Practical workshops in laboratory dismantling allowed the trainees to use the theoretical resources in a mock-raid arranged by the trainers combined with collection of the evidence and decontamination.

As the result of merging the background of theoretical knowledge with the efforts put in practical exercises of immeasurable value, the trainees left Poland with new skills and knowledge which will serve as a powerful tool in their combat with drug-related crimes. The representative from Europol expressed his contentment with the overall results of the course “Participants in this years’ training course performed really well during the different practical exercises. Their enthusiasm to learn throughout the two weeks was outstanding, and there was considerable improvement in their knowledge and understanding by the end of the course. I am fully convinced that this group will share the knowledge they gain with their colleagues in their home countries and units.”


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