It continues the work, started in 2016, to support Bolivian judicial and police institutions in their fight against drugs and related crimes such as trafficking and money laundering
The FIIAPP begins a new European support project for the special forces in the fight against drugs in Bolivia, which continues the work carried out since 2016. Financed with funds from the European Commission, this new technical proposal provides sustainability to the achievements made and deepens reform and modernisation processes linked to partner institutions and the current regulatory framework.
The main national institutions to work with are the Bolivian Police, Ministry of Government, Vice-Ministry of Social Defence; the Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN), Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency, Attorney General’s Office, School of Prosecutors, School of Judges, Ombudsman’s Office, among others.
Fostering peer-to-peer dialogue through the public technical cooperation model, the team mobilised by the FIIAPP is made up of law enforcement officials from Spain and France and from the Spanish Ministry of Justice and Public Prosecutor’s Office. Five main areas of work have been designed: intelligence and operational criminal investigation; police and judicial schools; money laundering; the fight against human trafficking and smuggling; regional and international police and judicial coordination.
Planned activities will include the application of Law 913 on the fight against the illicit trafficking of controlled substances and the use of technical means to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal investigation; coordination with regional programmes such as EL PAcCTO, COPOLAD III, EUROsociAL+ or EUROFRONT to promote the participation of Bolivian institutions in regional and international coordination and cooperation mechanisms; the application of the Single Protocol for the care of victims of trafficking and the intervention route to improve their protection and avoid re-victimisation; and improving technical and operational cooperation between the anti-narcotics police and the prosecutor’s office in economic investigation through the design and approval of joint coordination protocols and the creation of stable coordination tables with the establishment of stable institutional focal points.
The work with the police and judicial schools will be aimed at diagnosing and proposing the updating and modernisation of their pedagogical model with a gender focus.
The project will also be adjusted to the needs that arise, adapting to a changing context such as the fight against organised crime, which is why flexibility will be a fundamental element in its management.