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2009 End-Use Monitoring Report: Europe and the Middle East (Sarajevo through Zagreb)


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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
September 1, 2010

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[Due to its size, chapter is in two parts. See Part I: Ankara through Riga]

SARAJEVO

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Gregory Shaw, 001-387-33-445-700, ext. 2490, ShawGJ@state.gov

Susan J. Carroll, ICITAP Program Advisor, Tel. 202-448-301, ext. 20012; nina.carroll@icitap.us

Inventory System

ICITAP procures equipment through their prime contractor, MPRI, Inc. As equipment is received, where possible, it is marked with an ICITAP bar code and entered into a database listing the item description, bar code number, serial number, value, and location stored. Upon donation, the database is updated with the agency name, accountable personnel (who signed for it), and the date of the donation. Where bar codes are not feasible, whatever data is available is entered and N/A placed where appropriate.

ICITAP maintains a warehouse protected by an alarm connected to the Embassy. Entry into the warehouse is governed by a “two-person rule.” As items are received and are inventoried against the shipping manifest. MPRI is notified via an inspection and acceptance report signed by the program manager, which is tied to an internal audit number, and further tied to a specific project for accounting purposes.

Staff Member EUM Responsibilities

The ICITAP Program Manager has overall responsibility for his End Use Monitoring program.

The Senior Program Adviser provides oversight to the warehouse and two logistics personnel, in conducting periodic unannounced inventories. There was one change in personnel since the last report. A second logistics person was added.

ICITAP Technical Advisers assigned to the local law enforcement agencies have the responsibility of conducting spot checks of equipment, determining whether it is being used properly, and reporting positive and negative impacts as compared to the anticipated outcomes identified in the ICITAP Program Management Plan and the US Embassy Mission Strategic Plan.

Counterpart Agencies

Ministry of Security
Border Police
State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA)
Republika Srpska Ministry of Interior
Federation Ministry of Interior
Foreigner Affairs Service
University of Sarajevo Faculty for Criminal Justice Sciences
Canton 10
District of Broko
Ministry of Finance
Bosnia-Podrinje Canton
Herceg-Nereta Canton
Central Bosnian Canton
Zenica-Doboj Canton
West Herzegovina Canton
Posavina Cantohn
Una Sana Canton

All fully cooperated in the End Use Monitoring process.

Receipt

The ICITAP Program Manager provides MPRI, Inc. with an official letter advising them to release certain items to the recipient; to make a record of the donation; and maintain sign-over receipts. With regard to the new state level Ministry of Security, a memorandum is provided to the minister advising him of the intention of the USG to provide a donation prior to the letter being drafted to MPRI, Inc.

Sign-over receipts fully list the details of the donation and are signed for by either the agency head or his designated accountable person.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

Scheduled inspections were conducted at more than thirty-eight cities; all but one of the Border Police Field Offices and the major border crossing points. The Border Police warehouse was also inspected. There were a total of 45 inspections.

The number of items subject to inspection was 1,957. Approximately 85-90% of items were monitored personally.

10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Cazin Police Department
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department-MOI
10/14/2009 - Sanski Most Police Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department
10/14/2009 - Forensic Department

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

Due to the influx of donations following the end of hostilities in 1995, the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina has laws and books of rules governing their inventory system. Each agency is required to maintain a database of items and conduct periodic inventories. These records are cross checked with ours to identify any discrepancies. Where possible, corrections were made on the spot. Approximately 15-20% of the items were inventoried using only agency records.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

Over the course of the last four years, ICITAP has donated computer systems (CPU, monitor, mouse, and keyboard), server’s routers, switches, etc. in support of numerous IT project components and provided the new state level agencies with basic office equipment as they were standing them up. All of the state level agencies are operational now, though at varying levels of development. The Border Police, as the oldest state level agency, had by far the best inventory system and networks; both a LAN and a WAN are operational. With the realization of the State Police information Network (SPIN) which will be formally donated in 2009, eighty to eighty-five percent of the border offices will be connected.

Investigative Equipment

Investigative equipment included video and digital cameras, binoculars, night-visions devices, hand recorders, undercover wire; host negotiations throw phones, cell phones and cell phone chips.

Vehicles

In November 2005, the USG through ICITAP donated 26 vehicles to the newly created Foreign Affairs Service (FAS). These vehicles are accounted for and in use. An additional six used Ford Explorers (used by ICITAP since 1998) were donated and subsequently traded for new vehicles by the FAS.

In 2009, seven Ford Fiesta vehicles were donated to the BiH police. One is located in Brcko, three in Sarajevo and three in Banja Luka. All seven are used by the Organized Crime and Counter-terrorism units, they are in excellent condition.

Foreign Affairs Service
Ford Fiesta 18
Ford Mondeo 4
Ford Connect Van 4

BiH Police
Ford Fiesta 7


Program Impact

The INL program donated resources have significantly increased the capacity of the state-level law enforcement agencies to control Bosnia’s borders; interdict trafficking; and conduct criminal investigations. ICITAP’s qualitative analysis indicates an increase in drug seizures, trafficking cases, and organized crime arrests since the Bosnian law enforcement agencies received the donated equipment.

The Ministry of Security, the State Investigation and Protection Agency, and the Foreign Affairs Service are state-level law enforcement agencies created with strong USG support and with full ICITAP involvement. Standing up these organizations is an ongoing project, but based on the donations and technical advice provided, they have become functional, albeit their qualitative results may be still lacking. For example, the State Investigation and Protection Agency Special Support Unit acted on 237 orders, which resulted in a total of 84 arrests, up from the 79 arrests from 24 arrest orders completed in 2008.

In June 2009, ICITAP visited a recently discovered mass Grave site in Goranci, a small village town west of Mostar. The State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) Special Support Unit (SSU) Alpine Team was working this Mass Grave utilizing rappelling equipment donated by the ICITAP. The site is located at the bottom of a pit 100 meters deep and 30 meters wide in a very remote section of the country. Following a sweep from unexploded ordinance, the SSU was removing all the trash (including a car) put there to help conceal the goodies before recovering the s yet undetermined number of human remains.

Local counterparts report that the equipment donated for their evidence rooms have allowed the Ministries to create a more safe and efficient process for storing evidence, thus improving the standards and chain of custody regarding evidence handling within the agencies.

ICITAP is utilizing the concept of Communications Interoperability as an agent for positive change of Law Enforcement in BiH. Communications interoperability specifically refers to the ability of Law Enforcement Agencies to share information on demand, in real time, when needed and as authorized. Communications interoperability makes is possible for different Law Enforcement agencies to work effectively together.

The Special Support Unit continues to utilize donated equipment as they conduct high-profile, high-risk apprehensions of war criminals, organized crime figures, suspected terrorists and illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. This unit could not have conducted these operations safely without the very important ICITAP donations.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

ICITAP advisor did not encounter any significant problems during the course of monitoring activities in 2009. The local agencies fully cooperated with the inspection process.

SKOPJE

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Timothy Faught, ICITAP Senior Law Enforcement Advisor/Program Manager, Tel: +389 2 310 2000 ext. 2388, FaughtTF@state.gov

Inventory System

Post maintains a manual filing system for all documents used to record donations. All records are maintained in a spreadsheet format.

Staff Member Responsibilities

ICITAP Administrative Assistant Gordana Jankuloska and Senior Police Advisors Michael Poiroux, Alan Gabel, and Charles Spaht are responsible for assisting the Program Manager, in conducting inventories and on-site inspections of equipment donated by INL. As of December, 2009, SPA, Charles Spaht replaced SPA Ricky Nesmith EUM responsibilities due to SPA Nesmith’s departure from post.

Counterpart Agencies

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) of the Republic of Macedonia

Receipt

ICITAP uses donation letters and letters of grant acceptance to provide donations to host government representatives.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

A total of 19 inspections (14 scheduled and 5 unscheduled) were carried out in during 2009 at 13 locations.

03/26/2009 - Helicopter Unit of the MOI
04/08/2009 - Canine Unit of the MOI
04/22/2009 - Organized Crime Department of the MOI
02/09/2009 - Forensic Department of the MOI in Skopje
03/08/2009 - Canine Unit of the MOI in Skopje
04/08/2009 - Border Issues Regional Centre-North, Skopje
04/29/2009 - The Sector for Border Issues and Migration of the MOI
05/09/2009 - Professional Standards Unit of the MOI in Skopje
05/05/2009 - The Protective Service Unit of the MOI
05/08/2009 - The Public Affairs Sector of the MOI
05/12/2009 - The Professional Standards Unit of the MOI
09/08/2009 - Protective Service Unit of the MOI in Skopje
11/21/2009 - The Anti-Terrorism Unit of MOI in Skokie
11/24/2009 - The Public Affairs Sector of the MOI in Skopje
12/03/2009 - The Border Issues Regional Center-West, OhridI
12/10/2009 - The Sector for Border Issues and Migration of the MOI 12/12/2009- the Sector for Special Investigative Measures in the Organized Crime Department of the MOI in Skopje
12/16/2009 - The Helicopter Unit of the MOI in Skopje
11/09/2008 - Border Issues Regional Centre-West. Ohrid
12/18/2009 - Border Issues Regional Centre-South, Kavadarci

There are 233 items subject to inspection. Seventy percent (70%) of the donated items were personally inspected by the ICITAP-Macedonia staff.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resources Status

Whenever available, post compared spreadsheet records with records kept in the Ministry of Interior for the equipment located in the less accessible parts of the country.

Post also had discussions with Heads of Regional Units of the MOI to verify the location, use, and condition of the equipment distributed in Veles, Stip Kumanovo, Strumica, Tattoo and Bitola.

Thirty percent (30%) of all donated items were monitored using secondary methods of monitoring resource status.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

In 2007, the Ministry of Interior received seven laptops and eight notebook computers as well as 34 desktop PCs and 23 printers.

Six laptops were distributed in the following manner: four laptops are used in the MOI Organized Crime Department (2 in anti-Drug and Weapons Unit, 1 in the Anti-Cyber and 1 is used by the Chief of the Organized Department), one is used in the MOI Public Affairs Sector and one in the MOI Forensic Department. One of the five laptops donated to the MOI Organized Crime Department is not accounted for.

The eight notebook computers are all functional and in good condition. They are used by the MOI in the following manner: 1 in the Sector for the Border Issues and Migration in Skopje, 2 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-North, 2 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-East, 1 in Border Reginal Centre-West, 1 in the Police Station for securing the State Border Bogorodica and 1 in the Police Station for securing the state border-Solunski Pat.

The 34 desktop PCs are used as follows: 23 PCs are used by the Professional Standards Unit in the MOI, eight are used by the MPI Public Affairs Sector, and one is used by the MOI Canine Unit, one by the MOI Helicopter Unit and one by the MOI Organized Crime Department (in the operational surveillance section).

Nineteen printers were distributed for use in the MOI sectors and departments: 8 are used in regional units of the MPO Public Affairs Sector (1 in Skopje, 1 in Strumica, 1 in Tetova, 1 in Ohrid, 1 in Bitola, 1 in Kumanovo, 1 in Stip, 1 in Veles); four are used by the Border Police (1 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-West, 1 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-south, 1 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-East, 1 in the Police Station for securing the state border-Sopot); two are used in the MOI Organized Crime Department (1 in the Anti-Cyber Crimes Unit and 1 in the Anti-Money Laundering Unit) one printer in the MOI Canine Unit, one in the MOI Protective Services Unit, one in the MOI Helicopters Unit and one in the MOI Forensics Department; three of the six printers donated to the MOI Organized Department have not been accounted for.

Communications Equipment

In 2007, the following communications equipment was donated to the Ministry of Interior: 50 digital audio recorders, 14 digital cameras, one mini handy cam, two digital camcorders, five portable DVR’s, four 32” TV’s, four DVD recorders, 11 digital projectors with screens and 40 GPS units.

Forty-eight of the 50 digital audio recorders are used in the Organized Crime Department of the MOI, out of which 32 are used in the Operational Surveillance Section and 16 in the other sectors of the department. Two of the 50 digital audio recorders donated to the Organized Crime Department are not accounted for.

The 19 digital cameras are distributed in the following manner: eight are used by the MOI Border Police (1 by the Sector for Border Issues and Migration in Skopje, 2 in the Border Issues Regional Center-North, two by the Border Issues Regional Center-West, 2 by the Border Issues Regional Center-South and 1 by the Border Issues Regional Center-East), four are used by the Protective Services Unit, one by the MOI Public Affairs Sector and one by the MOI Organized Crime Department (Operational Surveillance Section/Special Investigative Measures Sector). One digital camera out of the donated 20 is unaccounted for.

The mini handy cam is in excellent condition and used by the Organized Crime Department of the MOI in the Operational Surveillance Section/Special Investigative Measure Sector.

Two of the five digital camcorders are used by the MOI Protective Service Unit, one by the MOI Helicopters Unit and1 by the Organized Crime Department (Operational Surveillance Section/Special Investigative Measures Sector). Three digital cameras given to the Anti-Terrorism Unit are unaccounted for.

Six portable DVR’s are used as follows: four are used by the MOI Border Police (1 by the Border Issues Regional Center-south, 1 by the Border Issues Regional Center-East, 1 by the Border Issues Regional Center-West and 1 by the Police Station for securing the State Border-Rogachevo) and two are used by the MOI Organized Crime Department in the Special Investigative Measures Sector/Operational Surveillance Section.

Two of the four 32” TV’s are in excellent condition and used in the MOI Organized Crime Department (1 in the Operational Surveillance Section and the other in the Anti-Drug & Special Weapons Unit), one is used in the MOI Canine Unit and one in the MOI Helicopter Unit.

The DVD recorders are in excellent condition. Two of the four DVD recorders are used by the MOI Organized Crime Department (one by the Operational Surveillance Section and the other by the OCD chief); one is used by the MOI Canine Unit and one by the MOI Helicopter Unit.

The 11 projectors donated to the MOI are used as follows: eight are used by the MOI Border Police (one by the Sector for Border Issues and Migration in Skopje, 2 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-North, 2 in the Border Issues Regional Centre-East, one in the Border Issues Regional Centre-West, one in the Police Station for securing the State Border-Bogorodica and one in the Police Station for securing the State Border-Solunski Pat), one is used by the MOI Canine Unit, one by the MOI Helicopter Unit and one by the MOI Organized Crime Department in the Operational Surveillance Section/Special Investigative Measures Sector.

The 40 GPS units are in good condition and used by the MOI Border Police. Thirteen are used by the Border Issues Regional Centre-North, 12 are used by the Border Issues Regional Centre-West, seven are used by the Border Issues Regional Centre-South, seven are used by the Border Issues Regional Centre-East and one is used by the Sector for Border Issues and Migration in Skopje.

Miscellaneous

In 2007, an endoscope and five thermal imagers were donated to the MOI. All are in excellent condition. Five thermal imagers are used by the MOI Border Police (1 in the Police Station from securing the Border-Bogorodica, 1 in the Police Station for securing the State Border–Rogachevo and 1 in the Police station for securing the border–Debar) and two thermal imagers are used by the MOI Organized Crime Department (Special Investigative Measures Sector/Operational Surveillance Section).

The endoscope is used by the Border Police in the Police Station for securing the State Border-Bogorodica.

Vehicles

Nine vehicles were donated to the MOI in 2007 and 2008. An Opel Frontier is used by the Chief of the MOI Organized Crime Department and is in good condition. The eight Ford Fiesta Comforts, provided for donation by the FBI, are used in the Crime Intelligence Sector of the MOI Organized Crime Department, one in each of the eight police regions-Skopje, Tattoo, Bitola, Ohrid, Kumanovo, Stip, Veles and Strumica. All are in good condition.

Ministry of Interior
Opel Frontera 1
Ford Fiesta Comforts 8


Program Impact

Communications Equipment

The communication equipment donated to the MOI has contributed to the increased performance of the Ministry in general, strengthening its capacity for collecting, storing and sharing information.

Computer Equipment

The donation of the computer equipment to the various MOI sectors and departments has been very well received and has been put into effective use, particularly so in the case of the Professional Standards/Internal Control Unit which has seen improved operations with the installation of the PSU software and the 21 new desktop PCS.

Vehicles

The vehicles donated to the Organized Crime Department have largely increased the mobility and efficiency of the Department staff, resulting in an increased number of arrests and cases solved.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The thermal images and the endoscope provided to the MOI have particularly improved the efficiency of the Border Police and resulted in increasing the number of seizures and strengthening the security of the state borders.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Unmonitored Resources

In general, ICITAP Macedonia has not encountered any significant problems with regard to the equipment donated to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. However, there are a few pieces of equipment that we have not been able to account for and inspect: one laptop, four printers and two digital audio recorders all donated to the Organized Crime Department of the MOI and one digital camera and three digital camcorders given to the Anti-Terrorism Unit. Post has located 12 of the 14 unaccounted for digital audio recorders from last year’s EUM report reducing the number of unmonitored recorders to only two this year and post is still working together with the Organized Crime Department and Anti-Terrorism Unit counterparts on locating the remaining unmonitored items, which post believes has been distributed to various units and departments in the Ministry with the oversight of failing to make the necessary entries in the MOI inventory records.

SOFIA

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Jeanette Tyson, TEL: 359 2 937 5218; tysonje@state.gov

Inventory System

Post maintains EUM listings of donated material and its status.

Staff Member Responsibilities

Radostina Mihalkova, Rule of Law Specialist, completes End Use reporting audits, along with the Political Officer.

Counterpart Agencies

Ministry of Interior (MOI) Academy
Bulgarian Prosecution Service (BPS)
The National Forensics Institute (NFI)
The MOI Academy
Local Police Plovdiv
Regional Appellate Prosecutors Office

Receipt

The equipment was donated between 2004 and 2007. Post does not have receipts on file for its delivery.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

Post conducted two unscheduled on-site inspection at two locations.

01/12/2010 - National Forensics Institute
01/19/2010 - Interior Ministry Academy

Thirty-three (33) items were subject to inspection. Post inspected eighty-two percent (82%) of those items.

Post conducted an on-site inspection of the most valuable INL donated equipment located at the National Forensics Institute (NFI) and the Interior Ministry Academy. The staff was cooperative and assisted fully in the inspection process. This accounted for 27 out of 33 items donated to the Bulgarian Government. The remainder of the donated items were inspected using secondary monitoring methods.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resources Status

In January 2010, post received reports and discussed the status of INL equipment with host government officials. All equipment in these locations was monitored using secondary methods.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of the items were inspected using secondary methods of monitoring resource status.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

The following equipment was donated to the Interior Ministry Academy in March 2007 and remains in good working condition: TECRA 82 laptop; Canon Digital Rebel XT Camera; InFocus Multi-Media Projector X2; InFocus Wireless Module for Multi-Media Projector/LP Liteshow; projector screen 180cm x180cm; cannon bubble jet fax machine B820.

The following equipment was donated to the Plovdiv Police Station on March 14, 2007 and remains in good working condition: Toshiba S1410-304 laptop; Ben Q W100 multi-media projector; projector screen, Espon Stylus Printer.

A Pentium 4 CPU desktop PC was donated to the Regional Appellate Prosecutors office in March 2007 and remains in good working order.

The following equipment is in use beyond its anticipated useful life. Post is retiring the following equipment from its inventory list:

Canon color image scanner, HP printer (black & white), HP printer (color), LG External CD/DVD rewriter, Belkin wireless G router, Nokia Mobile Phone, Samsung digital cameras (4 cameras).

Laboratory Equipment

Eight (8) electronic balances were donated to the National Forensics Institute in 2006 and are in good working order and in use. Four of the balances are in use at the NFI’s headquarters; two in its Drugs Analysis Division; one in the physical/chemical analysis division and one in the Biology/Texicology Analysis Division. The other four balances were moved to the Institute’s regional branches in Sliven, Targovishte, Pernik, and Smolyan.

The gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GCMS) was purchased in 2004 and is in use beyond its anticipated useful life. Post is retiring this equipment from its inventory list. The backup power source for the GCMS was purchased in 2004 and is in use beyond its anticipated useful life. Post is retiring this equipment from its inventory list.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The polygraph machine donated to the MOI Psychology Institute in 2005 is in use beyond its useful life and will be retired.

Program Impact

Laboratory Equipment

The laboratory equipment donated to the NFI is useful in analyzing the evidence collected during investigations. On the basis of the analysis, the NFI provides prosecution service with expert opinions used during trials. The NFI is the primary source of expertise on crimes related to narcotics and its benefits from using the specialized laboratory equipment for drug analysis.

Computer Equipment

The computer equipment was donated to the Bulgarian Government under prior year INL programs, but remains valuable to the operations of the Bulgarian law enforcement authorities.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Property Disposal

Due to lack of sufficient resources to renew equipment, the Bulgarian Government typically uses INL donated equipment longer than the recommended period of use. Post has not identified any problems with the disposal procedure.


TBILISI

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Laura Malenas Tel: 995-32-70-00 ext. 7106; malenasla2@state.gov

Inventory System

Post utilizes a series of Excel spreadsheets to record and track the distribution of all resources provided to host government agencies.

Staff Members Responsibilities

All of post’s staff positions entail monitoring responsibilities. These positions are:

INL Director
INL Senior Police Adviser
Department of Justice (DOJ) Resident Legal Adviser
EFM Administrative Assistant
Two INL LES Program Coordinators
DOJ Legal Assistant

In addition, a non-resident contract Forensic Adviser maintains a focus on the accountability and use of donated laboratory forensics equipment.

The full-time Police Advisor is primarily responsible for all donated items that are located within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA), including the Patrol Police and the Police Academy. The resident Legal Adviser and DOJ Legal Assistant are assigned to DOJ-OPDAT but their positions are fully funded by INL and have responsibility for donated items located in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The EFM Administrative Assistant serves a pivotal role, in that she maintains the Excel spreadsheet data base.

In calendar year 2010, INL will hire a PSC procurement and End Use Monitoring specialist to manage disbursement of goods using section 1207 funds, and to develop an End Use Monitorng regime.

Other USG Agency Assistance

With the exception of OPDAT, there are no other USG agencies involved with INL Tbilisi.

Counterpart Agencies

MOIA Patrol Police
MOIA Criminal Police
Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA)
Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
National Forensics Bureau (NFB)
Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance (MCL), Probation Department

Each agency cooperated fully with End Use Monitoring of donated equipment.

Receipt

Documentation of donated items is via MOU’s and handover receipts. Prior to donation, all items were delivered to the Embassy warehouse where they were accounted for and entered into the tracking system.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

INL Tbilisi uses both scheduled and unscheduled on-site inspections to establish the locations and condition of donated items and equipment. Post performed scheduled on-site inspections as follows: Police Patrol-4, National Forensics Bureau-5 and Ministry of Internal Affairs-1. Post performed unscheduled on-site inspections as follows: Police Academy-26, National Forensics Bureau-6, Prosecutor Office-4 and MOIA 2-Patrol Police-2.

01/12/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
01/13/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
01/14/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
01/15/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
01/16/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
01/17/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
02/17/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
02/18/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
02/19/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
02/20/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
04/26/2009 - National forensics Bureau
04/27/2009 - National Forensics bureau
04/28/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
04/29/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
04/30/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
05/01/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
07/23/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
07/24/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
07/25/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/12/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/13/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/14/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/15/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/16/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/17/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/19/2009 - National Forensics Bureau
12/14/2009 - MOIA
12/15/2009 - MOIA
12/16/2009 - MOIA
12/17/2009 - MOIA
02/18/2010 - National Forensics Bureau
02/10/2010 - Police Headquarters
02/18/2010 - Police Headquarters

The number of items subject to inspection was 7,211. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of those items were physically inspected.

The INL Senior Police Adviser and INL Director visit the police academy weekly and regularly review equipment use and construction activity.

The Forensic Advisor’s visits are always scheduled, so no unscheduled inspections were conducted by him. Other INL officers regularly visit the NFB in Tbilisi and see donated equipment in use. On February 18, 2010, INL officers inspected the Regional NFB lab in Kutaisi.

INL officers inspected regional MOIA patrol police headquarters in Mtskheta on February 10, 2010 and Kitaisi on February 18, 2010. INL officers visited other regional patrol police stations as part of a training needs assessment in December 2009-January 2010.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resources

INL Tbilisi used both discussions and office visits with Georgian Government officials as the secondary means of monitoring donated resources.

INL and the INL-funded Resident Legal Adviser (RLA) assigned equipment to numerous locations throughout the country. All equipment that is located in Tbilisi has been physically inspected in the last twelve months.

In addition, the Forensic Program Coordinator (FPC) collects monthly use statistics for the forensic labs of the chemicals equipment and consumable items provided by INL. This information is used by FPC to establish usage patterns that are used to identify training and equipment needs.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

During 2001-2005, INL donated 4 desktop computers, a laptop, and a server for The Ministry of Internal Affairs’ (MOIA’s) internal use to expedite information processing. During the same period, RLA donated to the Prosecutor General’s Office: 47 desktop computers, 1 laptop, 27 printers, and a flat bed scanner. In the summer of 2005, INL provided the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) with 12 desktop computers and 12 printers all located in the National Forensic Bureau (NFB) laboratory. INL and RLA have physically accounted for all of the listed items. The items in the thirteen regions are in Procuracy’s Offices which are equipped with law libraries. The RLA accounted for the equipment by either an actual visit or by telephonic contact with the local prosecutors. This equipment including law books has passed it useful life. And will not be included in future monitoring reports.

In June 2006, INL Tbilisi completed phase 1 of a computerization program for the Patrol Police and its parent agency, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA). This program established a database for all vehicle registrations in the country to allow the police to know if a vehicle was stolen. To complete phase 1, INL provided the following: 90 user licenses, 2 server licenses, 1 central server, 5 Encryption/VPN software licenses, 1 wireless service provider link, 16 computer terminal licenses, plus training and testing for 90 police officers. The equipment is located in MOIA’s main building in Tbilisi and in patrol cars located in the capital. In 2009, the second phase of this project was completed, with new software components and 15 additional mobile computer terminals in police vehicles in Tbilisi.

In 2007, INL procured and delivered a multimedia and business computer, a LCD monitor, an Opti UPS, a camcorder, and a DVD recorder to the MOIA media center in Tbilisi to support production of various Public Service Announcements (PSA). The Police Academy received a computer to support the making of training videos with two Corsair 2 GB memory, 1 wireless mouse, 1 Pinnacle Studio Movie Board (w/microphone), 2 hard drives, 1 video card, 1 power supply, 1 Eclipse key board, 1 Intel motherhood, and 1 Intel core processor.

In 2008, INL donated 20 ICOM radio sets complete with earpieces, with a laptop for surveillance work to the MOIA Special Operatives Department, anti-Narcotics Unit. According to MOIA SOD, all equipment is in active use by the anti-narcotics section of the SOD and is also widely used if needed for taskforce operations in regions.

Communications Equipment

In 2009, post procured the following communications equipment for the MOIA patrol police: 317 Motorola handheld radios with battery; 10 Motorola mobile mount radios; 357 Motorola single battries chargers; 25 should microphones. Etc. This equipment was distributed to 10 regions in Georgia. INL officers visited the Mtsheta regional headquarters on February 10, 2010 to survey the radios given to this region. The radios are distributed as follows: Mtskheta regional police headquarters 10; Mtskheta patrol police 5, Tianet 5, Dusheti 5, Kazbegi 3, Akhallgori 2. The equipment is used for special operations and is issued to the neighborhood and patrol police for routine patrol. It is in working condition. The equipment has greatly improved the police ability to communicate throughout the region, even in the mountains.

In 2004, INL donated 12 hand-held two-way Motorola radios that are now located in the Criminal Investigations Office and used for crime scene control purposes. All of the above listed equipment is operational with no problems reported.

In 2005, INL donated 1 facsimile machine, located within MOIA’s HQ. RLA donated to the Prosecution Service 18 fax machines; 6 are located in the various law libraries; 1 is in the National Money Laundering Bureau; and 1 is in the Civil Rights Unit.

In 2007, INL donated a HP multimedia and business computer system with HP video software package with a movie board system in order for the Police Academy to launch and support its website. Other affiliated equipment includes a printer, a camcorder with additional lighting tripods, and a wireless microphone.

In 2008, INL donated 20 ICOM radio sets complete with earpieces, chargers and a repeater for surveillance work to the MOIA Special Operatives Department, Anti-Narcotics Unit.

INL officers visited Kutaisi regional patrol police headquarters on February 19, 2010 to survey the radios given to the Imereti region. The Ktuaiso radios have been distributed around the Imereti region. The equipment has been integrated with existing equipment I the region. The Communications Director provided INL officers with a spreadsheet of the locations of USG-provided equipment, including handheld and mobile radios and base stations. INL officers viewed some of the equipment in use.

Vehicles

In June 2005, ten small four-wheel drive vehicles (Llada Nivas) were donated to the Department of Justice Bureau of Probation for the purpose of allowing caseworkers to check on probationers. The vehicles have been distributed throughout the country and all are accounted for. There have been no reported maintenance issues with any of the vehicles.

Department of Justice Bureau of Probation
Llada Nivas 5
Zhiguli 5


Laboratory Equipment

In 2005, the Forensic Bureau Laboratory was equipped with new office furnishings. These consisted of eight conference tables, 120 conference chairs, 210 office chairs, 131 office desks of various sizes, 30 laboratory chairs (stools), 70 filing cabinets and four executed style desk chairs. Furthermore, INL donated 90 laboratory dividers and 20 laboratory benches. In 2004, a $100,000 generator capable of powering the entire laboratory was installed.

In 2006, INL donated the following scientific equipment: HP (Hewlett Packard) Mass Spectrometer, HP Gas chromatograph, HP Gauge Controller, HP Chemical Station, HP Monitor, HP Gas Chromatograph Control, Agilent (Hewlett Packard) Mass Spectrometer W/3 controllers, auto sampler, Vacuum pump, Gas Chromatograph, 2 Agilent Gas Chromatograph W/additional related items, HP HPLC W/related items, assorted ink analysis equipment (glassware) and chemicals, stereo microscopes (4 each), ultraviolet observation box (for examination of questionable documents) 1 each, Hydrogen Generator (2 each) and assorted small parts and tools, assorted safety and first aid equipment, petrolab petroleum testing system model ADU-4 w/supporting ancillary equipment and parts, petroleum laboratory fume hoods (4 each) w/installation materials, toxic-lab narcotics testing system w/parts and accessories (1 each), Toxi-lab fume hood (1 each).

All of the listed equipment is located in the Forensic Bureau and has been physically inspected by the Senior Forensic Adviser. Due to the poor electrical system within the Bureau, few of the more robust equipment has actually been installed. As soon as the scheduled refurbishment is completed, all equipment will be installed.

In 2007, INL provided Georgia’s Forensic Bureau with 2 large Universal Power supplies (UPS) and a Projection Comac, 1 ballistics microscope with all the required components, and a bullet recovery system and 2 stereo microscopes for bullet inspection analysis.

In 2008, INL continued its support to the National Forensic Bureau by donating an assortment of tools, kits and other gunsmith supplies specifically for the testing and comparative study of ballistic evidence (expended cartridges and bullets). Additionally, immediately after the cessation of hostilities in August, INL Tbilisi stepped forward and procured urgently needed reagents and chemicals for DNA identification of fallen soldiers who could not be identified through other means.

In 2008, INL sponsored a three-week crime scene security and search training course for active crime technicians. The focus of the course was for the proper identification classification and recovery of evidentiary items. To sustain the newly qualified personnel, INL donated 15 complete evidence collection kits to the MOIA Criminal Unit, under the Ministry’s Forensic Laboratory. On February 18, 2010, INL officers inspected one complete evidence collection kit I the MOIA regional forensic lab in Kutaisi. The kit was fully operational and being used properly.

In 2009, INL donated the following pieces of lab equipment to the NFB. The Forensic adviser received monthly sues reports on major pieces of equipment, and conducts at least quarterly visits. In addition, INL staff frequently conducts sport checks on the NFB.

Miscellaneous Equipment

In 2007, post procured and donated to the Police School 50 gymnasium mats, 10 sets of training handcuffs, 20 sets of Smith & Wesson handcuffs, 15 handcuff keys, 20 blue Glock training pistols and 20 blue AK 47’s (non-lethal). All items have been accounted for during the past twelve months either by physical inspection or telephone verification.

In 2005, INL donated a variety of equipment to MOIA’s Public Affairs Media and Press Center. The equipment includes assorted cameras, recorders, lighting equipment. In terms of direct police support equipment, the MOIA has 55 Level III ballistic vests, hand-held spotlights for patrol vehicles (100 ea), hand-held megaphones (20 each), car entry devices (Slim Jims) (40 sets), police barrier tape (2500 rolls), reflective road triangles (1,000 sets), plastic flex-cuffs (5000 packages), and night vision binoculars (2 each). Additionally, the Patrol Police has eleven (11) Hurst tools for removing accident victims from wrecked vehicles.

In 2006, INL provided the Police Academy with a Fire Arms Training System (FATS) to better train officers in life threatening situations requiring a shoot/don’t shoot decision. FATS is in good operating condition and was last visually inspected on December 24, 2009. All but one weapon is in operating condition-the other is under repair in the United States.

Also in 2006, INL provided the Patrol Police with 3,000 wood police batons, 3,000 baton belt holders, 3,000 police traffic whistles, and 3,000 high visibility traffic vests. These items have been distributed within Tbilisi and the regions. The batons and baton holders are seen regularly in Tbilisi and in other areas. The traffic control items have been seen in use in Tbilisi and for training purposes at the police academy.

INL donated the following to the MOIA Police Academy in Tbilisi: 25 Red Man training knives, 4 body opponent bags, 12 Red Man student suits, 3 Red Man instructor suits, 4 Red Man Mats, 20 Red Man strike shields, and 40 Red Man training batons. With the exception of the PAO equipment, all other items have been distributed within Tbilisi and the regions. Through RLA, Procuracy’s Criminal Investigative Unit received two refurbished interview rooms complete with two-way mirrors.

To support the facilities, the following electrical sound and video items were provided: video cameras (2), video recorders (2), audio recorders (2), video monitor (1) Furthermore, this same unit has a Crime Scene Search responsibility. To support this mission, they were provided with a LCD projector (1), digital camera (1), video recorder (1), micro recorder (1), tape recorder (1), digital recorder (1), television (1), metal detector (1), and a video work station (1). In February 2007, Prosecution Services transferred the last two listed items (metal detector and a video work station) to MOIA’s Forensic Unit upon MOIA’s request.

During 2001-2002, the Procuracy received 16 copiers, 16 small generators, 32 sets of shelves, 16 sets of law books, 16 computer work stations w/chairs, 16 conference tables, and 128 conference chairs. All of these items were given in support of the sixteen Tbilisi and regional law libraries. Due to the Procuracy’s restructuring and significant renovations over the last two years in its 30 offices, some of the offices have been moved to new locations and some did not maintain a separate law library. However, they retained all USG donated equipment. The equipment has passed its expected useful life and will not be included in future monitoring reports.

In 2005, the RLA provided the Civil Rights Unit of Prosecution Service’s Legal Affairs Department six computer work stations, w/chairs, six file cabinets, twelve sets of shelves, one conference table w/eight chairs, and six small office safes. All of this equipment remains with the Legal Affairs Department.

Also in 2005, the RLA using INL funding, donated to the Prosecutor General’s Criminal Investigative Unit 2 refurbished interview rooms complete with two-way mirrors. To support these 2 facilities, RLA provided the following electrical sound and video items: video camera (2 each), video recorders (2 each), audio recorders (2 each), and video monitor (1 each). Furthermore, the same unit has a crime scene search responsibility and to support that mission they were provided with a LCD projector (1 each), digital camera (1 each), video recorder (1 each), micro reader ( each) tape recorder (1 each), digital recorder (audio) (1 each), television (1 each), metal detector (1 each), video work station (1 each). In February 2007, the Procuracy transferred the last two listed items (metal detector and a video work station) to MOIA’s Forensic Unit upon MOIA’s request.

In 2003, the RLA donated one copier to the Supreme Court this equipment has passed its expected useful life and will not be included in future monitoring reports.

In 2008, INL donated a set of simultaneous translation equipment to the Police Academy. The equipment was comprised of 42 headsets, 70 receivers, 4 wired microphones, 3 wireless microphones, sound proof translators’ booth large enough for 2 persons. In addition, INL donated a variety of English language books to support the English language training course held at the Academy. INL further assisted the Academy with a myriad of consumable/disposal medical items to be used as training aids for the “First Responder Emergency Training” course. The equipment is in working condition as of December 2009 when it was used in an INL-funded training program.

In 2008, INL donated a secondary shooter training system manufactured by Laser Shot. This new equipment will allow the Academy to instruct basic shooting and safety skills to new police recruits without having to fire live ammunition which is a precious commodity. The student officers will qualify on the range after their basic skills training. The equipment is in the United States for repair under warranty and will be returned to Georgia in February 2010

In 2008, INL supplied the Academy’s tactical training section with permanently retro-fitted non-lethal Glock pistols. These pistols may only fire a non-lethal (paint ball) cartridge, which is a paintball round. This training package allows students to perform actual police tactical skills training (i.e. building, room, hall, and stairway searches) and engage in various role play scenarios. The pistols are in good working condition.

In 2008, INL continued its support to the National Forensic Bureau by donating an assortment of tools, kits and other gunsmith supplies specifically for the testing of a comparative study of ballistics evidence (expanded cartridges and bullets). Additionally, immediately after the cessation of hostilities in August, INL Tbilisi stepped forward and procured urgently needed reagents and chemicals for DNA identification of fallen soldiers who could not be identified through other means.

Also in 2008, INL sponsored a three-week crime scene security and search training course for active crime scene technicians. The focus of the course was active crime scene identification, classification and recovery of evidentiary items. To sustain the newly qualified personnel, INL donated 15 complete evidence collection kits to the MOIA Criminal network, under the Ministry’s Forensic Laboratory.

In 2008, INL supplied the MOIA Police Academy with student and instructor uniform shirts and caps in the following quantities: 498 long sleeve shirts, 2,603 short shirts, and 3,016 caps. A portion of the items have been issued to the students, and the remaining items are it the MOIA police academy warehouse and were visually inspected by INL in December 2009.

INL has provided two moulage (simulated wound) kits to the Police Academy. The first of these was donated to support the newly created training class for the First Responder Medical Aid curriculum. This curriculum package was developed by the Senior Police Adviser. The second kit was donated to support the enhanced crime scene search and evidence retrieval course. This course material was also developed by the Senior Police Adviser. Three mannequins were also donated for the crime scene practical exercises to simulate victims.

The Patrol Police received 11 Hurst tools (Jaws of Life) for removing accident victims form wrecked vehicles. INL received an updated list in 2009 from MOIA of locations of all Hurst tools. All items were accounted for in 2008. On February 10, 2010, INL officers viewed the Hurst tool in Mtskheta at the patrol police station. The tool appeared to be in good condition. The Hurst tool has been used frequently throughout the Mtskheta region to help extricate individuals form vehicles after car accidents, and he has provide examples of its use, including one example that helped rescue 30 people from a wrecked minibus, and another where the police failed to save a critically injured individual from a crashed vehicle. Additional training would be useful for the Hurst tools.

In 2009, the MPIOA Media Center was relocated to the newly constructed MOIOA Headquarters in Tbilisi. INL’s donated equipment was transferred to the new facility, was clearly being put to its intended use, and remains in good working condition, as checked by INL officers in January 28, 2010.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

The National Forensics Bureau’s 9-story building has undergone a major overhaul involving heating, sanitary, electrical, and air conditioning systems, as well as the replacement of the archaic elevators and the roof. Additionally, laboratory work spaces and other functional areas have been re-configured to meet the needs of the Georgian Forensics community. The approximate cost is $1.2 million. It is 100 percent (100%) completed.

A combination classroom and billet structure is being constructed at the present Police Academy location. This new addition will enable the Academy to house a total of 200 students for instruction and to board 100 individuals on the upper floors. It is 100 percent (100%) completed.

Construction of a new, safer pistol range within the confines of the police academy property is 60 percent (60%) complete. The Army Corps of engineers is fulfilling the contract. Estimated completion date is April 15, 2010.

A gymnasium at the police academy was completed and turned over in November 2009.

An English Language Center was completed within the main Police Academy building. IOM was the project implementer. The approximate cost was $241,721. The project is 100 percent (100%) completed.

Three regional evidence collection and storage centers have been completed. These facilities are designed to hold, catalog, and safeguard evidentiary items as they are being prepared for final movement to the National Forensics Bureau for Scientific Analyses. These facilities were also completed by IOM with a grant from INL. The project is 100 percent (100%) completed. INL offices inspected the regional evidence holding room in Kutaisi on February 10. The room is in excellent condition and is being used properly to securely store evidence. The former Director of the NFB decided to close the Rustavi facility in 2009 because of its proximity to Tbilisi. The equipment was moved to the NFB in Tbilisi. The other two facilities are operational.

Canine Units

The Ministry of Internal Affairs K-9 kennels have been refurbished so the police canine dogs may be adequately housed. In 2006, 60 of 120 dogs died due to weather exposure and inadequate housing. The newly refurbished kennels have cover to shelter all the dogs as well as radiant heat and fans for better air circulation. Additionally, the veterinarian facilities have been refurbished to assist in the care of the animals and to support a newly initiated breeding program. There is also a Forensic Laboratory located on the property which was fitted with a new roof, windows, and floors. This refurbishment was completed by IOM with INL funding. It is 100 percent (100%) completed.

Program Impact

US assistance improved the capacity of the police force to combat crime effectively. The USG helped construct a multi-use building and gymnasium at the police academy. The academy is now modeled on a federal law enforcement training center where patrol police, border police and Customs officers jointly participate in training sessions.

Jaws of Life

In 2009, the Myskheta region patrol policed used the donated equipment to rescue 30 passengers from a wrecked bus accident.

Radios

The Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Special Operatives Department has increased its capability to conduct more efficient and covert surveillance operations to more effectively combat crime.

Criminal Data Base

The second phase of a criminal database with mobile capability was established. As a result, police officers can run criminal checks from the field in real time.

Personal Identification and Registration System

The upgrade of the personal identification and registration system enabled the patrol police to identify violators by comparing biographical data from an international database. As a result, the number of detected violators increased by 40 percent (40%).

Police Outreach Program

A police outreach program covered 20 schools in four cities. Twenty teacher/police officer teams taught a three-month civic education course. Based on a positive response from educators, administrators and students, the program will be expanded to cover 100 schools.

Translation Equipment

The Police Academy now may conduct training which is presented by non-Georgian speakers and have presentations translated into Georgian simultaneously. Conferences with international law enforcement experts are not feasible.

Laser Shot

This equipment is allowing the Police Academy to instruct basic shooting and safety skills to new police recruits without having to fire live ammunition which is prohibitively expensive. The student officers qualify on the range after their basic skills training.

Police Academy Simulations

This training package allows students to perform actual police tactical skills training (i.e. building, room hall, and stairway searches) and engage active shooters using paintball rounds in retro-fitting training handguns.

Uniforms

The addition of both student and instructor uniforms has greatly increased the morale of all personnel affiliated with the Academy. The uniforms also add a large degree of professionalism to the institution. Previously, all students and instructors wore civilian clothing.

Moulage Kits and Furnishings

The practical exercises for both the enhanced crime scene search and evidence retrieval courses have become far more realistic and greatly contribute to a much higher level of training for the Georgian Police.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Repair and Maintenance of Commodities

The Fire Arms Training simulator system was not done for several months due to unsuitable environment conditions of the room where it was located. INL had adequate air conditioning and heating installed which appears to have rectified the problem. Any repair work that is required must be performed at the manufacturer in the U.S. shipping the simulator back and forth greatly caused further delay.

Lack of Use and Misuse of Commodities

In 2006, INL Tbilisi purchased 3,000 high visibility traffic vests and 3,000 traffic whistles for safety. The vests and whistles are rarely used in Georgia. Georgian Patrol Police are reluctant to negate in on-foot traffic enforcement. As the police do not release traffic accident statistics, there is no hard evidence regarding the improvement of traffic safety in Georgia. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that traffic safety remains a serious problem on highways and major roads in Tbilisi, one that the Government of Georgia is not ready to tackle.

Other Problems

Two major construction projects were completed in FY-2009. The Police Academy building and gymnasium complex, and the National Forensics Bureau Headquarters. Both projects had been initially planned to be completed in FY-2008. However, delays on the part of the local contract led to a late completion in FY-2009. This delay affected the start of a third project, the construction of the police academy pistol range, which was planned to be completed in FY-2009. The completion date had to be shifted to FY-2010. This is why two (instead of the planned one) facilities were built in FY-2009.

TIRANA

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Steve Schneider, Budget and Finance Advisor, +355-68-206-4117, steve.schneider@icitapled.us

Inventory System

ICITAP Albania’s donation inventory system consists of a donation letter file. When equipment is donated it is listed on a donation letter and identified by type, value, serial number, receiving agency, and location.

Staff Member Responsibilities

The ICITAP Program Manager has overall responsibility for the program’s End Use Monitoring. The Program Advisors work in conjunction with ICITAP Albania Budget and Finance Advisor and the IC Program Assistant, who is responsible for maintaining accurate records. The Program Advisors conduct periodic scheduled and unscheduled inspections of donated items.

ICITAP Advisors in Albania have the responsibility of conducting scheduled and unscheduled checks of donated equipment, to determine proper use and to report impacts on goal achievement as outlined in the ICITAP Program Plan of Assistance and the US Embassy Mission Strategic Plan. During 2009, the following ICITAP Advisors conducted EUM inspections:

Integrated Border Management – Mark Stickevers
Julia Klaus – Port Security
Walter Conrad – Organized Crime
Mark Paresi – Police Accountability and Human Resources
Leon Strigotte – Police Accountability and Human Resources
Hector Chavez – Procurement and Financial Management
Joseph Hauer – Center for Police Development and Training
Martha Findlay – Center for Police Development and Training
Alan White – Information Technology
Michael Dyke – Information Technology

Other USG Agency Assistance

None

Counterpart Agencies

Ministry of Interior
Albanian State Police
Ministry of Public Works, Telecommunications and Transport

Receipt

The ICITAP Program Manager documents all donations on a donation letter which is signed by the appropriate Albanian and U.S. officials including Department of State and Department of Justice personnel. The letter describes in detail what items are being donated, which entity is the recipient of the donation, the value of the material, and serial numbers when available.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

01/05/2009 - APS Headquarters
01/05/2009 - Tirana Standards Division
01/08/2009 - MOPWTT
01/05/2009 - MOI, Tirana
01/05/2009 - Office of Internal Control
01/12/2009 - Rinas Airport
01/28/2009 - Durres Port
02/11/2009 - Vlora Port
02/13/2009 - Saranda Port
01/28/2009 - Shengjin Port
06/05/2009 - Muriqan BCP
01/19/2009 - Hani Hotit BCP
02/17/2009 - Qafe Morine BCP
05/05/2009 - Qafe Push BCP
04/05/2009 - Morine BCP
07/16/2009 - Blade BCP
04/13/2009 - Qafe Thane BCP
04/13/2009 - Tushemisht BCP
09/03/2009 - Kapshtice BCP
02/26/2009 - Tre Urat BCP
01/20/2009 - Kakavija BCP
01/21/2009 - Qafe Bota BCP
01/05/2009 - Special Operations Unit, Tirana
01/13/2009 - Witness Protection Admin Unit
01/13/2009 - Witness Protection Residence
09/07/2009 - Special Operations Unit, Lezhe
06/16/2009 - Special Operations Unit, Fier
02/01/2009 - Canine training Unit, Tirana
01/05/2009 - Center for Police Development, Tirana
01/18/2009 - Adjunct Training Facility, Dures
01/09/2009 - Unit 100 Warehouses, Mullet
01/05/2009 - ASP IT Lab, Tirana
04/13/2009 - Mount Dajti antenna Farm, Dajti
01/07/2009 - Durres Disaster Recovery Center, Durres
01/07/2009 - Tirana Police Directorate
07/09/2009 - Berat Police Dire3ctorate
08/09/2009 - Diber Police Directorate
07/18/2009 - Durres Police Directorate
07/19/2009 - Elbasoan Police Directorate
07/20/2009 - Fier Police Directorate
07/27/2009 - Gjirokaster Police Directorate
07/29/2009 - Korca Police Directorate
08/09/2009 - Kukes Police Directorate
08/08/2009 - Lezhe Police Directorate
08/08/2009 - Shkoder Police Directorate
07/26/2009 - Vlore Police Directorate
03/08/2009 - Berat Police Commissariat
04/06/2009 - Diber Police Commissariat
03/08/2009 - Durres Police Commissariat
03/08/2009 - Durres Police Commissariat
03/22/2009 - Elbasan Police Commissariat
03/09/2009 - Fier Police Commissariat
03/09/2009 - Gjirokaster Police Commissariat
03/22/2009 - Korca Police Commissariat
04/05/2009 - Tropoje Police Commissariat
04/04/2009 - Lezhe Police Commissariat
04/04/2009 - Shkoder Police Commissariat
03/09/2009 - Vlore Police Commissariat

There were seven scheduled and 50 unscheduled on-site inspections performed at 96 sites. There were 840 items subject to inspection. Percentage of donated items personally inspected: 70%

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

Items not inspected directly are accounted for by the office receiving the donation. The Albanian MOI and State Police have varying levels of resource accountability capability, but maintain inventory and accountability of U.S.-donated items more rigorously due the continued presence of ICITAP Advisors working alongside them. Advisors hold periodic discussion to determine status of donated items and conduct a year-end inventory discussion covering all items donated but not personally inspected.

Approximately 30% (by number) of donated items are monitored by secondary methods of accountability.

Status- Commodities

Computer Equipment

Commodity: Used NEC computers, printer, monitors, UPS, copier, and scanner (2007)
Location: Border and Migration Department, MOI headquarters
Use: Functioning computer is in regular use.
Condition: Poor. Items were donated used and were of outdated technology at
that time.

Commodity: 10 IC-F25UHF Transceiver, Chargers and belt clips (2007)
Location: Various border crossing points
Use: Used for Border and Migration Police Station Chiefs for local communication
Condition: Fair condition

Commodity: HP Office Jet Printer (2004)
Location: Durres Port Security Force Office
Use: Used for printing and copying
Condition: Unserviceable. Exceeded useful lifespan and disposed of.

Commodity: AGIS computers (2), monitors (2), and UPS (2005)
Location: Durres Port Security Force Office
Use: Office Administration
Condition: Unserviceable. Exceeded useful lifespan and disposed of.

Commodity: HP Computers, monitors, UPS, and printers (2006)
Location: Durres Port Security Force Office
Use: Office Administration
Condition: Unserviceable. Exceeded useful lifespan and disposed of.

Commodity: Ten HP Desktop Computers, 2 Monitors, 2 Printers, One Toshiba Projector and Duty Gear (2003)
Location: Special Operations Sector
Use: Computers used for investigative administration work. Duty gear used for daily police operations.
Condition: Usable, but nearing end of useful life.

Commodity: Laptop Computers (2006)
Location: Criminal Intelligence Analysis Directorate.
Use: The impact of these computers on the collection of undocumented intelligence and information has been enormous, allowing the CIAD personnel to visit the OC and Criminal Police facilities throughout Albania and document intelligence and police information previously stored informally within commissariats and directorates.
Condition: These high tech computers are excellently maintained within the CIAD at ASP headquarters.

Commodity: Six APC Uninterruptible Power Supplies (2002)
Location: Kukes, Lezhe, and Tirana
Use: Used to provide stand-by power during outages.
Condition: Usable, but in need of replacement due to aging.

Commodity: Toshiba Laptop Computers, Printer, and UPS. (2002)
Location: ICS HQ, Tirana
Use: Used daily for general office functions.
Condition: Beyond useful life span and in need of replacement.

Commodity: Sony Computers, Monitors, and Printers. (2003)
Location: ICS HQ, Tirana and ICS field locations
Use: Used daily for general office functions.
Condition: Beyond useful life span and in need of replacement.

Commodity: Konica and HP printer/scanner units (2008)
Location: Professional Standards Directorate, HQ ASP, Tirana
Use: In daily use for routine office functions.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Used/new computer hard disks, monitors, keyboards, printers, FAX machines, voltage regulator, UPS (2001)
Location: Center for Police Development. Various classrooms
Use: Daily in classrooms and offices.
Condition: Only 50% remain functional

Commodity: Used CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse (2003)
Location: Canine institute storage.
Use: Not used.
Condition: Inoperable.

Commodity: SyberWorks Training Center LMS, software, support services, database server (2007)
Location: Police Directorate Administrative Support Offices.
Use: Not being used at full capacity. Manuals/software never translated into Albanian. Administrator is self taught and uses to best of his ability. Material is currently being translated to allow training.
Condition: Good condition, well maintained.

Commodity: Two Dell Servers Memex platforms with Memex software (2009)
Location: ASP HQ, Datacenter
Use: Used daily to analyze criminal intelligence data
Condition: excellent condition, being maintained regularly by ASP programmers

Commodity: One Dell Server Virtual Asset Manager platform with VAM software (2009)
Location: ASP IT, Datacenter
Use: Not in Use
Condition: Past useful life

Commodity: Oracle Database Server software with client licenses and Forms (2009)
Location: ASP IT, Datacenter, ASP backup Datacenter, Rinas Airport, BCP’s
Use: Used daily to support TIMS system
Condition: excellent condition, being maintained regularly by ASP programmers.

Commodity: 54 KW Generator (2009)
Location: Center for Police Development
Use: Used as needed for backup power generation
Condition: Fair condition, being maintained regularly by ASP staff.

Commodity: McAfee Virus scan software (2009)
Location: ASP IT, Datacenter
Use: Used daily for network protection
Condition: Excellent condition, being maintained regularly by ASP programmers.

Commodity: Kaseya software (2009)
Location: ASP IT, Datacenter
Use: Used daily for remote network management
Condition: Excellent condition, being maintained regularly by ASP programmers

Commodity: Desk Now Mail server software (2009)
Location: ASP IT, Datacenter
Use: Used daily for email
Condition: Excellent condition, being maintained regularly by ASP programmers

Vehicles

Commodity: six Mitsubishi Pining Vehicles (2004)
Location: Anti-Trafficking Sector of the OC Directorate Offices in Tirana, Durres, Fier and Elbasan.
Use: These vehicles have impacted Anti-Trafficking operations by allowing investigator to actually appear at the crime scene where a lack of vehicles prevented this previously.
Condition: In good working order and assigned to regional field duty.

Commodity: Two Used Mercedes Benz Model 240D (2003)
Location: Special Operations Sector
Use: Used during undercover operations and surveillance within the borders of Albania. Their worth has been proven on many occasions where they were invaluable in conducting covert surveillances.
Condition: Although both vehicles are well maintained and remain in running condition, their life expectancy is due to expire

Commodity: three Mitsubishi Pajeros (2002)
Location: Anti-Trafficking Sector Motor Pool
Use: All vehicles are currently in use within the regional Anti-Trafficking Sectors. They are used to transport investigators to crime scenes and other investigative sites as there remains a critical shortage of vehicles within the ASP.
Condition: Although in running condition the vehicles are showing the wear and tear of seven years of continuous police activity.

Commodity: Two Yamaha 125CC Motorcycles (2004)
Location: Special Operations Sector
Use: Used for covert surveillance and undercover operations within the borders of Albania. They have impacted the program by allowing covert surveillance of several large scale drug operations resulting in the seizure of multi-kilo loads of heroin.
Condition: They are in good working order and well maintained.

Special Operations
Yamaha Motorcycle 2
Mercedes 2

Anti-Trafficking
Mitsubishi Pinin 6
Mitsubishi Pajero 3


Communications Equipment

Commodity: ICOM Handheld VHF radios (7) and Sony Bravia LCD TV (2009)
Location: Vlora Port Security Forces Office
Use: Radios used during PSF operations. TV used to display CCTV camera views in PSF operations center.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Hand Held ICOM Radios (3) (2004)
Location: Durres Port Security Force Office
Use: Used daily during PSF operations
Condition: Serviceable

Commodity: 27 iDirect + Dish sets with 14 Generators (2009)
Location: BCP’s and Regional Directorates
Use: Used for primary communications link from remote border crossings and as back-up for other locations.
Condition: Fair condition some modem problems. ASP is working with vendor to keep the system operational.

Surveillance Equipment

Commodity: Spy Phone, Night Vision Goggles, Voice Recorder and covert surveillance equipment (2008)
Location: Special Operations Sector
Use: Equipment continues to be used in all covert assigned targeting OC and related serious crime targets.
Condition: All the equipment is serviceable and well maintained

Commodity: Night vision equipment (2004)
Location: ICS surveillance unit office, Tirana
Use: Used regularly for covert surveillance.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Physical and Electronic Surveillance Equipment (2005)
Location: OC Directorate and the 12 Regional OC Sectors. .
Use. This equipment has seen very little use but preparations are underway to redistribute the equipment for use by newly trained Regional Intelligence Officers.
Condition: It is being well maintained and stored in the Regional OC Directorate HQs.


Commodity: Surveillance Equipment (2005)
Location: Special Operation Sector.
Use: Maintained and stored in the OC Directorates HQ when not being used in the field. This donation continues to be used in most of the narcotic and trafficking investigations in the past 4 ½ years resulting in numerous arrests and the seizure of drugs and weapons.
Condition: The Spy Phone has been used and repaired on numerous occasions and is now beyond repair. The GPS Vehicle Tracking System is worn and out of date but still viable although newer technology has replaced it.

Commodity: Son digital camcorders and digital binoculars (2009)
Location: ICS surveillance unit office, Tirana
Use: Used regularly for covert surveillance.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Investigative Support Equipment (2004)
Location: Regional Prosecution Offices of Tirana, Fier, Vlora, Durres and Shkoder.
Use: The equipment is being stored within the Regional Prosecutors Office. As these Task Forces have all but been dismantled, the equipment is presently going unused. Negotiations are continuing to have this equipment transferred to the newly formed Regional Economic Crimes and Corruption Joint Investigative Units of the Districts.
Condition: In good working order.

Commodity: Electronic Lock Picking Kit (2002)
Location: Special Operations Sector of the OC Directorate
Use: Used by undercover police officers in the performance of their duties in conducting covert investigations and surreptitious entry with court approved search warrants.
Condition: Good condition.

Miscellaneous Equipment

Commodity: Ballistic Vest (25) and Trauma Pack (2008)
Location: Vlora, Shengjin, and Saranda Port Security Offices
Use: Used during increased threat levels by PSF personnel
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Personal Duty Gear and vehicle inspection equipment (2008)
Location: Vlora, Shengjin, and Saranda Port Security Offices
Use: Personal equipment used daily by PSF members.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Storm Night Vision Goggles (2008)
Location: Saranda Port Security Forces Office
Use: Used during night patrols by PSF members.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) equipment and software (2009)
Location: Center for Police Development Firearms Unit
Use: Used with every training class for basic and advanced firearms training.
Condition: Good, but one Beretta weapon is inoperable and will be sent to the manufacturer for repair.

Commodity: First Aid/CPR mannequins (2009)
Location: Center for Police Development Basic Training Section
Use: Used regularly during first aid training
Condition: Good.

Commodity: Defensive Tactics Training Equipment (2009)
Location: Center for Police Development Basic Training Section - Gym
Use: Used regularly during defensive tactics training
Condition: Good.

Commodity: Xerox Copy Machine (2006)
Location: ICS HQ, Tirana
Use: Used regularly for office administrative functions.
Condition: Beyond useful lifespan.

Commodity: Used office furniture, faxes, printers, and copier. (2007)
Location: Personnel Directorate Offices, Tirana
Use: Used regularly for routine office functions.
Condition: Fair condition. Printers, fax, and copier were heavily used prior to donation and are past their useful lifespan.

Commodity: Canine Training Equipment, Supplies (2001)
Location: Police Canine Training Institute
Use: Almost daily for training
Condition: Well maintained but worn from long use.

Commodity: Scantron, Par Score, Par Test (2006)
Location: Center for Police Development Testing Unit.
Use: Regularly used for examinations and quizzes
Condition: Good working condition, well maintained.

Commodity: 150 police duty belts, and equipment (2007)
Location: Throughout 12 Albanian regional police directorates
Use: Used daily by patrol generalists.
Condition: Good, but worn from normal use.

Commodity: Sony Handy Cams, lenses, TV, audio transmitter, spotting scopes, bug packages, recorders, and micro-pen receiver. (2003)
Location: ICS HQ, Tirana and ICS field locations
Use: Used daily for covert surveillance.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Sony portable dictation machine, photo printer, spotting scope, camera lenses, room and telephone surveillance transmitters. (2004)
Location: ICS HQ, Tirana and ICS field locations
Use: Used daily for covert surveillance and processing of photos.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Office Equipment and Office Furniture (2004)
Location: Anti-Trafficking Sector of the OC Directorate
Use: Being used within the Albanian State Police HQ providing office functions. Consumables and service agreement have expired. Its impact has been the enabling of the Anti-Trafficking Sector to function in a professional manner.
Condition: They are in good working order and well maintained.

Commodity: McMurdo M-2 Automated Identification System (2006)
Location: Durres, Vlora, Shengjin, and Saranda Ports
Use: Provides automated identification and position of vessels entering the harbors.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Corbin Pad Locks (195) and Key Boxes (2007)
Location: Durres Port Security Forces Office
Use: Securing personal protective gear and weapons on a daily basis.
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Redman training suit and megaphone (2008)
Location: Durres Port Security Forces Office
Use: Defensive tactics training for PSF members
Condition: Good condition

Commodity: Ballistic Vest (25) and Trauma Pack (2006)
Location: Durres Port Security Force Office
Use: Used during increased threat levels by PSF personnel
Condition: Good condition.

Commodity: Duty Gear and Raid Equipment (2006)
Location: Special Operations Sector.
Use: This equipment has been distributed to individual members of SOS and has been used on every raid/arrest situation since its donation. This equipment has identified the U/C officers in high risk situations and allowed them to secure and search criminals and crime scenes.
Condition: The Maglite Flashlights have all fallen into disrepair and the Raid Jackets are wearing out.

Status-Services

Demand Reduction

ICITAP conducted trainings to help police officers combat trafficking of drugs; tackle organized crime cases; reduce school violence problems and increase community involvement. ICITAP engaged Law Enforcement Agencies to implement existing laws; improved capabilities of police officers to use undercover techniques; assisted in the formation of a Task Force Model used to combat a variety of Organized Crime activities.

Program Impact

Integrated Border Management

ICITAP donations to the Border and Migration Police have improved the professional capabilities and appearance of the officers serving on the Albanian borders.

Port Security

ICITAP donations to the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, and Telecommunications were essential in bringing the Port Security Forces into existence. The donated materials are used on a daily basis for training and operational tasks necessary to secure international maritime ports against criminal and potential terrorist activities. As a result, all of Albania’s international ports have been certified under the International Shipping and Port Security Code as being in compliance with international standards.

Organized Crime

ICITAP donations to Organized Crime Directorate have directly led to successful investigations and arrests of narcotics trafficking and murder suspects. The covert surveillance capability these items provide has proven critical in the ASP’s ability to collect evidence and conduct investigations and has had a direct impact on reducing the quantity of heroin and marijuana trafficked through Albania to Europe.

Police Accountability and Human Resources

ICITAP donations in support of the Internal Control Service has resulted in the successful investigation and arrest of corrupt police officers involved in human trafficking and soliciting bribes. Donations to the human resources department were instrumental in implementing the New Police Law in 2007.

Center for Police Development and Training

ICITAP donations have been vital in creating and maintaining a professional level of basic and advanced training capabilities within the ASP. The Syberworks software suite is the centerpiece of reform in management of training, giving training staff the necessary tools to schedule, resource, execute, and document training force-wide. The canine training equipment remains the basis of the continued breeding and training program after nine years of use. The FATS system is used to provide basic firearms competency training to every officer in the force, including elite SWAT units. First aid and defensive tactics training gear has elevated these long-neglected aspects of police training to a key part of basic training curriculum. Audio-visual equipment has revolutionized the preparation and presentation of curriculum, allowing police instructors to update classroom materials more rapidly and present more effective training.

TIMS

ICITAP donations of elements of the Total Information Management System (TIMS) are the initial steps in transferring responsibility for the entire system to the ASP. The elements donated so far include discrete pieces of the IT infrastructure linking border crossing points to the HQ data center. The MEMEX intelligence analysis software and hardware are critical to directing police operations and provide a common platform for international cooperation with the EU.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Repair and Maintenance of Commodities

The ASP integrates donated commodities into their inventory management system and is responsible for repair and maintenance of these items. Their ability to perform repair varies greatly depending on the sophistication of the item and costs of repairs. IT equipment is well-maintained but suffers from the effect of infrastructure shortcomings such as unstable power supply and insufficient communications band with in some locations. The ASP is actively pursuing remedies to these issues through international donors, local telecom providers, and internal process improvement. The ASP is particularly talented in extending the lifespan of donated vehicles. One ICITAP Pajero Pinin donated in 2002 had been previously reported as totally destroyed in a road accident. This vehicle has been returned to operations through the persistence and ingenuity of ASP motorpool mechanics. It continues to contribute to the ability of the ASP to combat criminal activity.

Lack of Use and Misuse of Commodities

There is no evidence of misuse of ICITAP-donated commodities. These items experience normal wear and attrition. IT equipment, especially used equipment, is rapidly rendered obsolete but the ASP generally continues to use these resources long past their expected life-cycle replacement term due to lack of funds to upgrade computers.

Lack of use is an occasional problem due to personnel turnover or diminished ASP focus on a particular topic. The Syberworks training management software is a prime example. Initial ASP enthusiasm for implementation waned as the scope of the implementation became apparent. Senior leadership became distracted by more pressing topics. The ICITAP Advisors re-engaged and pushed the project forward. This problem is not unique to the ASP, but highlights the advantage of having long-term advisors in-country to sustain reform efforts.

VALLETTA

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Thomas A. Yeager, Pol-Econ Commercial Chief, Tel: 356-2561-4167, yeagerta@state.gov 

Inventory System

Post does not have an automated inventory system to record and track the distribution of resources.

Staff Member EUM Responsibilities

Pol Chief and DAO staff members are available to conduct EUM duties on an as required basis and as part of their regular duties. There are not personnel at post who are dedicated full-time to EUM duties. In execution of checks, available personnel will conduct such activities as are required, including inspection, customs clearances, audits, implementation of any monitoring procedure, etc. DAO personnel are primarily responsible for maintaining cognizance of U. S. equipment for which and end-use certificate would be required, which is in the possession of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). In the past 12 months, the prior ADDU EUM Program Coordinator, Monica Cummings departed in April 2009. Current EUM Program Coordinator arrived in August 2009.

Other USG Agency Assistance

DAO, including OSD and DHS (USCG) personnel
NCIS (OSD)

Counterpart Agencies

Armed Forces of Malta (AFM)

Monitoring Procedures

On-Site Inspection

While no formal inspections were conducted, Embassy Officers observed that the two “protector” class patrol boats were in use on an almost daily basis.

Status-Commodities

Vessels

Two eighty-seven foot “Protector” class patrol boats (P51 and P52) were provided to the Armed Forces of Malta in November 2002 and July 2004 respectively. The vessels are used for Maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue (SAR), Fisheries Protection and Patrol, Training. Patrol boats are typically underway in excess of 1900 hours annually and patrol generally in Malta’s SAR region at ranges in excess of 150 nautical miles from port and for periods of up to 96 hours underway. Both boats are in excellent condition. AFM indicates that both craft have exceptional reliability and post has observed periods of absence from port which would support reliability and readiness claims.

Armed Forces of Malta
87 foot protector class boat 2


Program Impact

The “Protector” class boats have made significant contributions in allowing the AFM to fully patrol Malta’s SAR region, which is approximately 600 times the size of Malta’s land area. In addition to use in operations aimed at stopping drug trafficking, human smuggling and possible clandestine transportation of terrorists or contraband/proliferable material, the AFM has taken part in rescuing thousand of irregular migrant from extreme situation, sometimes at significant personal risk in adverse sea conditions. The Protectors are characterized by AFM as “exceptionally seaworthy’ in challenging conditions.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

The patrol boats are maintained in high readiness due to the close relationship the AFM maintains with CHAND LLC, the U. S. Boar manufacturer, which has provided responsive logistical support and affordable parts, allowing most support maintenance to be done in-house, with more extensive repairs completed by local Maltese service providers. Post currently provides no repair funding, but may wish to consider FMF or INL funding of overhaul of the boats, if needed and appropriate at some future point.

VILNIUS

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Michele Collins, RSO Tel: 370 5 266 5621, collinsm@state.gov

Inventory System

Post uses NEPA to track and record items at post.

Staff Member Responsibilities

The RSO Program Coordinator conducts inventories and on-site inspections, and spot checks on equipment usage, etc. The Financial Specialist provides all the data required and is responsible for drafting all cables/reports. The Accountant obligates/deobligates all funding provided. The Procurement Assistant purchases/orders software equipment requests. The Voucher Examiner processes payments per invoice provided. The Customs Examiner obtains Customs clearances for equipment purchased in United States.

Counterpart Agencies

Lithuanian Special Investigations Service (STT)
Customs
Border Guards
Police Department
International Relations Office of Police Department
Interpol
Sirens Office of Police Department

Receipt

All equipment/software was presented by Ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Government to the STT and Lithuanian Police under the MOU. Training and conferences were organized with some records kept in files only. In 2009, not equipment or training was donated to the Lithuanians.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

One on-site inspection was conducted at the Police Headquarters and STT in May 2009. The number of items subject to inspection was 15. Eighty percent (80%) of the items were inspected.

05/14/2009 - Police Headquarters

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

None

Status-Commodities

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

The RSO provided Lithuanian Criminal Police with GPS equipment in September 2007 pursuant to Letter of Agreement (LOA) regarding the anti-counterfeit project. The units have been installed in various vehicles.

Investigative Equipment

The Special Investigative Service (SIT) is using the following equipment in undercover operations in support of public corruption investigations throughout Lithuania: Mini PIX Kit with Clock Radio, Mini PIX Kit B, Video Vest, Briefcase Receiver/Recorder, body worn video transmitter, car audio transmitter, Watt 10 Channel audio transmitter, synthesized audio intelligence system, surveillance device configuration software, 12.5 kHz programmable miniature voice transmitter, intelligence equipment, intelligence system, data voice framework unified user station, digital recorder. On scene Investigator Software (Forensic Matter OSI) was donated to STT in 2008. All equipment is in good condition and used accordingly.

The Lithuanian Criminal Police are using the following equipment: Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), three Nuvi360T units, four Nuvi250 navigators. Seven topographical road maps of Lithuania were donated to Lithuanian Police in 2007. The equipment is being used for its intended purpose, however is outdated.

YEREVAN

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

John Maher Tel: 374-10-49-4563; maherjo@state.gov

Inventory System

Donations were documented through side letters and inventory spreadsheets.

Staff Member Responsibilities

John Maher, INL officer
Karine Keshabyan, INL Program Assistant
Maritsa Hovhannisyan
Ms. Keshabyan and Ms. Hovannisyan –inventory records

All staff members participate in inventories, on-site inspections, obtaining
Customs clearances and overseeing disposal of materials.

Other USG Agency Assistance

U.S. Customs

Counterpart Agencies

The Police of the Republic of Armenia
The Office of the Prosecutor General
The National Forensic Laboratory
Customs Service
Border Guards
Central Bank of Armenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

All of these agencies cooperated fully in the End Use Monitoring process, escorting INL personnel through the various agency premises to confirm the existence, location and condition of the relevant equipment.

Receipt

Recipient Armenian institutions provide printed letters of receipt signed by a responsible officer.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

Embassy Yerevan and EXBS personnel performed eleven (12) scheduled and four (4) unscheduled on-site inspections during the course of visits to Armenian Government facilities for other reasons. The inspections took place at 10 sites in two cities: Yerevan and Vanadzor as follows:

03/31/2009 - Consular Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
07/16/2009 - National Police
08/03/2009 - National Forensic Laboratory
10/21/2009 - Police Induction Center
11/27/2009 - Police Anti-Migration Fraud Unit.
12/07/2009 - National Forensic Laboratory
01/14/2010 - Financial Intelligence Unit
01/27/2010 - Prosecutors’ School
03/01/2010 - Police Academy
02/26/2010 - Border Guard Training Center
01/23/2009 - Police Academy
01/29/2009 - National Police Headquarters

The total number of donated items subject to inspection was 1,869. The total number of items personally inspected was 637 or thirty-five percent (35%). However, these items represented a far higher percentage of all donated items by value, because the inspected items included all vehicles donated, most of the recently donated computer equipment, and all the lab equipment at the National Forensic Laboratory.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

For the sixty-five percent (65%) of items that were not personally inspected, INL Yerevan monitored the status of the equipment through phone calls and discussions with the relevant Armenian authorities.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

Fifteen desktop computers and monitors, one laptop (currently out of order), two laser jet printers, and one scanner were donated to the Kanaker Police Induction Center in Yerevan. They are used in training police recruits and are generally in excellent condition.

Forty four (44) desktop computers and monitors (five of which are currently out of order) five LaserJet printers, two scanners, four laptop computers were donated to the National Police Academy in Yerevan. The equipment is used in training police officers and is generally in excellent condition.

Ten desktop computers and monitors (two of which are out of order), two laser jet printers, one scanner, and one backup UPS were donated to the Prosecutors School (formerly the Procuracy Training Center) in Yerevan. The equipment is used in training prosecutors and is generally in good condition.

Two desk-top computers, two backup UPS’, one printer, three computer monitors and one scanner were donated to the National Bureau of Expertise (Forensics Lab) in Yerevan. The equipment is used in forensic analysis and is generally in excellent condition.

Twenty-four (24) desk top computers and monitors and 24 backup UPS’ were donated to the Armenian Customs Training center in Yerevan. The equipment is used in training Customs office and is generally in excellent condition.

Twelve desktop computers, monitors and UPS’, two scanners, and three printers were donated to the Armenian Border Guards Training Center in Yerevan. The equipment is used in training Border Guards and is generally in excellent to good condition.

Twenty desktop computers, monitors, and UPS’, two laptops, two HP notebooks, two scanners, one copier, one fax machine, and thirteen printers were donated to the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) of the Republic of Armenia Police in Yerevan. The equipment is used in tracking and managing cases of suspected organized crime and is in generally good condition.

Two APC Smart UPS Rack Mount/Towers, one computer monitor and four servers were donated to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank of Armenia as part of FIU Development Project. The equipment is used for financial data analysis and FIU case management system maintenance. The equipment is in excellent condition.

One hundred twenty (120) computers; 138 monitors, 94 scanners, 22 UPS’, and 94 printers were donated to the Republic of Armenia Police as part of “Establishment of Information System for the Police of the Republic of Armenia” project. The equipment is used to provide connectively among all the major installations of the Republic of Armenia Police. Post was only able to inspect a representative sample of the equipment, namely the terminals located in the Lori Region and Gyumri City Police stations, because the equipment was distributed to dozens of police precincts around Yerevan. The equipment inspected is in good condition, although in Gyumri the terminal was not yet fully linked to the national network.

Passport printers and scanners along with two computers were donated to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign affairs as part of a Network connectivity project. The equipment is used for printing and issuing passports to the citizens of the Republic of Armenia and is in excellent condition.

Communications Equipment

The Kanaker NCO Training Center received one LCD projector, one overhead projector, one set of simultaneous translation equipment, one television, one VCR, one TV/VCR stand, one projection screen and one flipchart. The equipment is in excellent condition.

The National Police Academy received five wireless microphones, four speakers, one set of simultaneous translation equipment, two erasable white boards, two VCR’s, one projection television, one flat screen television, one video camera recorder, one compact camera, one digital camera, one photocopier, one Stage Front Presentation System, one projector with stand, one overhead projector with stand, one LCD projector, one presentation audio/visual system w/stand stage front presentation, one podium, five wireless microphones, four wall-mounted heat/air units, one digital photo camera, one film projector, four dual function speakers, one film projector, one video visualizer, two copiers and one white projector screen. These items are situated in classrooms and offices at the Academy. The equipment is in excellent condition, however some of the equipment is considered outdated.

The Prosecutors’ School received one television, one VCR, one LCD projector, one TV/VCR stand and one white projection screen. These items are situated in classrooms at the Center. The equipment is in excellent condition.

The Customs House in Vanadzor received 24 desktop calculators, one television, one DVD/VCR player, one LCD projector and one white erasable board. These items are situated in a large classroom at the facility and are in excellent condition.

The Border Guard Training Center received two televisions, two DVD players, one LCD projector, one digital video camera, one digital photo camera and one photo camera. These items are situated in classrooms and offices at the center. All of the equipment is accounted for and in excellent condition.

The Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) of the Republic of Armenia Police in Yerevan received three digital video cameras, three digital photo camera, one copier, one fax machine, four radios, and three handy radios. They are in good condition.

The Yerevan City Police Department received 6 digital photo cameras. They are in excellent condition.

Vehicles

The vehicles donated to the Anti-Migration Fraud Unit/Trafficking Unit are used during the operations of OCB and in the regional of Armenia. They are in excellent condition.

Anti-Trafficking Unit
Toyota Corolla 1

Anti-Migration Fraud Unit
Toyota Corolla 1
Toyota Rav4 1


Laboratory Equipment

The National Bureau of Expertise (Forensic Lab) in Yerevan received 15 stereo microscopes, four acid storage cabinets, one weight set, one water purification system, one comparison microscope, one bullet catcher, 20 lab chairs, 12 mixers, one UV lamp, two balances, six clinical microscopes, ten Nuova II Stirring hot plates, one water system DI Water processor with kit, ten electronic scales, two hydrogen generators, two vacuum pumps, two VWR gravity ovens, four refrigerator/freezers, three UV viewing systems, 13 filing cabinets, eight undercounter cabinets, one security safe, 13 vertical metal file cabinets. All equipment is accounted for and is in excellent condition. The equipment is being used for the intended purpose, i.e., laboratory analysis of forensic evidence.

Canine Program

In late 2007, INL received some veterinary surgical equipment, gratis from the Chief of Veterinary Services at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. These items consisting of sutures, clamps and other minor surgical aids, were turned over to the veterinarian at the Police dog kennels. Many of these supplies are expendable and have been used up by the Police Veterinarians.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The Kanaker NCO Training Center received 92 gym mats, 20 pairs of handcuffs, 10 Beretta 9mm compact red guns, 10 S&W J frame red guns, 20 red training guns, ten training knives, two Redman instructors’ suits, two body opponent bags, two heavy bags, one double-end bag, one leather speed bag and one heat/AC unit, and one laser shot shooting simulator consisting of 2 LCD projectors, 2 laptops, 2 multimedia amplified speakers, and 2 backup UPS. All of the equipment is accounted for and in excellent condition.

The National Police Academy received 108 gym mats, 23 red training guns, 15 pairs of handcuffs, ten training knives, eight body opponent bags, five heat/AC units, four Redman instructors’ suits, two speed bags with platforms, two heavy bags, two double-end bags, one vacuum cleaner and one podium. These items are situated in the offices and gymnasium of the Academy and are in excellent condition.

The Prosecutors’ School received one heat/AC unit. The item is situated in the computer classroom at the Center.

The National Bureau of Expertise (Forensics Lab) received 15 air conditioning units, 15 surveillance cameras, four surveillance monitors and one surveillance system recorder. These items are situated in different areas of the building.

The Customs House in Vanadzor received four bookcases and three air conditioning units. These items are situated in a large classroom at the facility.

Equipment was installed in two classrooms in the National Police Academy. One classroom is in the Police NCO Training Center; two classrooms are at the Procuracy Training Center under the auspices of a Law Enforcement Academy Development Project. The equipment includes: TV’s, LCD projectors, LaserJet printers, desktop computers, simultaneous interpretation equipment, scanners, projection screen, etc. All of the equipment is in excellent working condition.

The Prosecutors’ School received one wall-mounted heat/air unit.

The Armenian Customs Service in Yerevan was given one x-ray van. The van is currently situated at the Trans Service customs Warehouse in Yerevan. The van is used to inspect freight cargo. The van is serviced twice per year.

All equipment is in excellent condition and used to support the operations of the recipient institutions.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

The National Bureau of Expertise (Forensic Lab) second building renovation was completed in September 2009.

Police Firing Range Construction. The design work has been completed. Construction to begin in the spring of 2010.

Demand Reduction Services

A pilot project was funded to develop a community policing program in one part of Yerevan city.

Project Harmony/Zang - A legal socialization project to teach youth about their rights and responsibilities under the law to develop better attitudes and cooperation toward the law and law enforcement and to pilot community justice programs and peer-led conflict resolution in schools.

Hope and Help - A project to assist trafficking victims through the provision of shelter, vocational training, and social, psychological and legal counseling, and operation of a telephone hotline offering information and assistance to prevent human trafficking and to rescue victims.

UMCOR - A project to strengthen the capacity of Armenia law enforcement to deter, detect, apprehend and prosecute human traffickers and to identify and assist victims.

Anti-Migration Fraud Unit - A project to increase the capacity of the new Anti-Migration Fraud Unit within the Armenian Police to combat migration fraud to, from and through Armenia.

Other Professional Services

ABA/ROLI - A project to develop the competence, professional skills and knowledge of the entire Armenian legal profession, including the defense bar, prosecutors, judges and legal educators.

FIU Development - A project to strengthen the capacity of the Armenian Central Bank’s Financial Monitoring Center, which serves as the country’s Financial Intelligence training for FIU personnel and the counterparts in other government agencies and in private financial institutions, as well as computer hardware and software that will allow the FIU to access and analyze financial data from a number of sources inside and outside the Armenian Government.

Border Management Information System (BMIS) - A recently completed project to expand a highly sophisticated computer system for monitoring the movement of travelers in and out of Armenia. The system was developed by an Armenian IT firm and originally installed by the Armenian Government at the country’s main international airport in Yerevan. INL then contributed to this project to expand the system to all main border crossing points into Armenia and to provide training for Armenian order authorities in the use of the system.

National Bureau of Expertise (National Forensic Laboratory) - A long-term project to build the capacity of the National Bureau of Expertise as an expert and independent Forensic Lab, to provide unbiased forensic analysis in criminal and civil cases in Armenia. The project includes the provision of extensive training and consultation by U.S. and third-country forensic experts, the procurement of equipment for the laboratory, and the renovation of two buildings for the lab premises. Renovation of the two buildings of the lab is already complete and the building are in use.

Program Impact

Computer and Laboratory Equipment

The computer and laboratory equipment donated to the National Bureau of Expertise (Forensic Lab) is a necessary step towards an internationally accredited forensics lab in Armenia. The equipment facilitates analysis of evidence in such areas as ballistics, substance identification, computer forensics and document examination.

The classroom and computer equipment at the Kanaker Police NCO Training Center, the Police Academy, the Vanadzor Customs Training Center and the Border Guards Training Center enhanced the training programs at all these facilities. The Police Academy began conducting regular computer classes for police trainees and computer literacy classes for the academy staff.

In 2007, Post donated equipment to the Organized Crime Bureau of the Republic of Armenia Police, creating an in-house computer system for the first time, as well as supplying radio equipment for the Bureau’s officers.

Communications Equipment

The communications equipment has made all recipient training centers more effective, the police better able to communicate and therefore more effective, and the lab more effective and reliable as an analytical center for evidence in criminal and evil court cases.

Construction Projects

The two construction projects currently underway, i.e., the second building of the National Bureau of Expertise and the Police Firing Range, will provide modern, safe and secure facilities for the important law enforcement functions of forensic analysis and training in marksmanship and firearms safety.

Demand Reduction

Demand reduction and other professional service projects continue to provide vital cooperation and capacity building in high-priority law enforcement areas such as human trafficking, money laundering/terrorist finance, legal socialization, community policing, migration management/border control, and the rule of law.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

Unmonitored Resources

It was not feasible to personally inspect some of the donated equipment, before the equipment has been distributed to police stations throughout Armenia. This includes most of the computer terminals for the Police Connectivity Project. Also, post donated 18 cameras to the National Police Investigative Department at a cost of $6,600. These cameras are distributed to police stations throughout Armenia.

In a few cases some equipment was not being put to its full use and in one case (the Border Guard Training Center) some equipment had been reported stolen. However, these cases accounted for only a very small percentage of the equipment INL has donated in Armenia, in terms of both cost and number of items.

ZAGREB

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Palmer, ICITAP Senior Program Advisor, 385-(0) 98-979-2231, Jeff.palmer@icitap.us

Inventory System

ICITAP procures equipment through their Primary Contractor, MPRI, Inc. As equipment is received, where possible, it is marked with an ICITAP Bar Code and entered into a database, listing the item description, bar code number, serial number, value and location stored. Upon donation, the database is updated with the agency name, accountable person who signed for it, and the date of the donation. Where bar codes are not feasible, whatever data is available is entered and N/A placed where appropriate.

As items are received, they are inventoried against the shipping manifest. MPRI is notified via an Inspection and Acceptance Report signed by the Program Manager, which is tied to an internal audit number, further tied to specific projects, for accounting purposes.

Staff Member EUM Responsibilities

The ICITAP Program Manager in Sarajevo has overall responsibility for the ICITAP Croatia.

The Senior Program Advisor provides oversight to the two headquarters personnel responsible for maintaining accurate records and conducts periodic unannounced inspections.

ICITAP staff in Croatia has the responsibility of conducting spot checks of donated equipment, determining whether it is being used properly and reporting positive and negative impacts as compared to the anticipated outcomes identified in the ICITAP Program Management Plan and the US Embassy Mission Strategic Plan.

Embassy Zagreb Political Officer Chris Zimmer meets regularly with ICITAP country management to ensure that all donations are in line with USG goals as delineated in post’s Mission Strategic Plan and Country Assistance Strategy.

Counterpart Agencies

The National Police Academy
The National Police Directorate
The National Office for Fighting Organized Crime and Corruption (USKOK)
Border Police Installations
Special Police Units (Tactical squads)

Receipt

The ICITAP Program Manager provides MPRI, Inc. with an official letter advising them to release certain items to the recipient, to make a record of the donation and maintain sign-over receipts.

Sign-over receipts fully list the details of the donation and are signed for by either the agency head or his designated accountable person.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

ICITAP conducted inventories and spot inspections of equipment which had been donated by ICITAP during the previous four years.

There were 12 scheduled and 41 unscheduled on-site inspections performed at four sites as follows:

01/14/2009 - National Police Directorate
01/15/2009 - National Police Directorate
01/16/2009 - National Police Directorate
01/29/2009 - National Police Directorate
02/03/2009 - National Police Academy
02/19/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office
02/25/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office
02/26/2009 - Office for fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
03/16/2009 - National Police Directorate
03/18/2009 - National Police Directorate
03/24/2009 - National Police Directorate
03/25/2009- National Police Directorate
03/26/2009 - National Police Academy
04/08/2009 - National Police Academy
04/09/2009 - National Police Academy
04/10/2009 - National Police Directorate
04/16/2009 - National Police Directorate
04/17/2009 - National Police Academy
04/27/2009 - Office for fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
05/08/2009 - National Police Academy
05/12/2009 - National Police Directorate
05/13/2009 - National Police Directorate
05/22/2009 - National Police Academy
05/26/2009 - Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
06/15/2009 - National Police Directorate
06/17/2009 - National Police Directorate
06/18/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office
06/23/2009 - Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
07/01/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office
07/03/2009 - Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
07/03/2009 - Buje Police & Kastel and Plovanija Border Crossing Stations
07/10/2009 - Osijek Police/Special Tactical Police
07/30/2009 - Lucko Special Police/Tactical & Anti-Terrorism Unit
09/01/2009 - National Police Directorate/Police Administration Zagreb
09/02/2009 - Police Administration Zagreb
09/14/2009 - National Police Directorate
09/17/2009 - National Police Academy
09/21/2009 - National Police Academy
09/28/2009 - National Police Academy
10/12/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office & USKOK
10/14/2009 - Office for fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
10/17/2009 - National Police Directorate
10/20/2009 - National Police Directorate
10/26/2009 - National Police Directorate
11/23/2009 - National Customs Directorate Office
11/25/2009 - Office for fighting Organized Crime & Corruption
11/25/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office
11/30/2009 - National Customs Directorate Office
12/02/2009 - National Police Forensics Center, Zagreb
12/03/2009 - National Police Directorate/Crime Police
12/09/2009 - National Police Directorate
12/17/2009 - Office for fighting Organized Crime & Corruption
12/23/2009 - National States Attorney’s Office

The number of items subject to inspection was 673. The percentage of donated items personally inspected was 93%.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

Comparison of Records - Croatia requires each agency to maintain an asset database and conduct periodic inventories. Post cross checked these records to identify discrepancies. Where possible, corrections were made on the spot.

Discussions - All of the agencies supported were advised of the on-site inspections and provided post with the highest level of support. In addition, they offered post full access to their asset/inventory records upon request.

Only five items or 00.1% of the donated items were inventoried using only agency records. The others were personally inspected.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

One hundred three computers were donated over a four year period, 76 are standard desk-top personal Computers (PC) and 27 are laptop computers (LT). The type and number of computer(s) will be noted under each donation location.

National Police Academy/English Language Laboratory - (30 PCs) of the 49 computers donated to the National Police Academy, 30 PCs were specifically dedicated to the exclusive use of the newly formed “English Language Laboratory” Program. They are housed in a specially designated complex of classrooms and used solely for the presentation of Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced level conversational English to selected in-service officers. The computers have been loaded with ICITAP donated software programs, and a special language professor has been employed by the Academy and assigned to the Program.

It has been noted that during scheduled and unscheduled on-site inspections, that without exception, the computers are in use, and properly scheduled maintenance procedures are employed by the National Academy’s IT staff to insure satisfactory operating condition. Aside from what may be termed as acceptable and normal wear-and-tear, the donated computers at the National Police Academy’s English Language Laboratory are in good to excellent condition.

There are 17 PC’s at the National Police Academy. The computers donated to the National Academy for classroom, instructor and student use are in service within the instructor preparation room, various classrooms, and a computer resource center adjacent to the Basic Police School library. The computers are used to present curriculum to police recruits in-residence at the academy, and to present up-date, continuing education training material to in-service officers. The machines dedicated to the computer resource center are for supervised student use for lesson prep and internet research.

Donated computers assigned to general and classroom use are all in operating condition, continuous use, and appear to be in good condition.

There are 29 computers at the Buje Police Station and Border Crossings 29.

Buje Police Station - The City of Buje in northern Istria has within its jurisdiction two Slovenian Frontier/Border Crossings, Kastel and Plovenija. The computers donated to the Buje police installations facilitate report and information preparation and exchange between the municipal police station and the two Border Crossings, which are staffed with Border Police and Customs Officers who regulate passport control and the examination of goods/persons leaving or entering the Republic of Croatia. The smuggling of both persons and duty-required goods/illegal contraband is a priority for the National Police, and out-dated computer equipment was hampering their efforts in this regard. The acquisition of new computer equipment at these locations has streamlined the border crossing functions conducted at Buje, Kastel, and Plovenija.

These donated computers have been installed, operated, and maintained by the IT staff at the Buje Police Station. The condition of these items have been checked and verified as good by the Croatian Police staff at the Buje locations.

As noted under “USE” above, the Buje police station encompasses the two Border Crossing Stations at Kastel and Plovanija. Donated computers have replaced obsolete machines and serve to improve communication and exchange of police enforcement information between the Police and the Border Police and Customs functions in Buje. This border crossing is located in a very remote region of Croatia, and its location offers the potential for targeting by international smuggling operations.

National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption – There are 14 Laptops within the National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK). The prosecutors utilize the computers for the organization of trial materials, the formatting and listing of evidentiary items, and the display of charting via power-point during court procedures.

The computers are well maintained and show little wear.

Zagreb Police Administration – Ten laptops were donated and are used by the administration consisting of the management, administration and logistical concerns for seven separate police stations within the greater Zagreb metropolitan area. The ten computers donated to Zagreb Police Administration have been allocated among the seven stations based upon a needs assessment relative to replacement of out-dated equipment, station-by-station. They are in use for police report preparation, and office function.

These donated computers have been installed, operated, and maintained by the IT staff at Police Zagreb Administration HQ. The condition of these items has been checked and verified as good by the IT staff.

There is one laptop at the National Police Directorate/Crime Police. The single computer was donated to the Head of the National Police Directorate’s Crime Police Unit to provide an automated base for the assignment of investigator case load, and the ability to track investigation progress. The computer continues to be used for that purpose.

The condition of the computer was noted to be very good, and shows minimal signs of wear.

National Police Directorate - The computer donated to the Crime Police Unit at the National Police Directorate has completed the automation of the Investigative Unit and provided the Unit Supervisor the ability to automate assigned investigative case loads, and more effectively monitor investigative progress on active cases.

Monitors

National Police Academy - There are 47 monitors at the National Police Academy. The monitors are used to complement the computer donations to the same entity. They are in use within the English Language Laboratory Program, and in various classroom applications, in addition to the Instructor/professor class/coursework preparation workroom. As is the case with the computer donation(s), the monitors are serviced as required by the National Academy IT staff.

The monitors are all operational, and are in good to very good condition.

Buje Police Station and Border Crossings - There are 29 monitors at the Buje Police Station and Border Crossings as noted under the Computer donation “USE” section. Buje is a police station in northern Istria which provides operational and logistical support to two Slovenian Frontier/Border crossings, Kastel and Plovanija. The monitors are used to complement/complete the computer donations, and as office and administrative screen replacements for the operation of the police station and the two border crossing installations.

The condition of these items has been checked and verified as good by the Croatian Police, Border Police, and Customs staff at the Buje locations.

Printers

As the consolidated Buje operation consists of three separate police facilities, the Buje City Police Station, Kastel Border Crossing Station, and Plovanija Border Crossing Station, the office paperwork is considerable, and the printers are required to make the hard copy paperwork necessary for coordination of enforcement efforts between the three. The 18 printers donated to the Buje operation are divided between the Border Crossing Stations and the Municipal police facility.

The printers are operational and in good condition as reported by Buje police staff and the Border Police and Customs staff at those locations.

National Police Academy - Fourteen printers were donated to the National Police Academy.

The printers donated to the National Police Academy are located within staff and instructor offices and utilized to reproduce instructional materials for recruit and in-service classes. The printers are noted to be in operation, and in good working order/condition.

Communications Equipment

Hostage phone kits are utilized by the specially trained tactical units to more safely and effectively resolve hostage and barricaded suspect issues.

The units are reported by the Osijek tactical staff to be operational and in good working order/condition.

Hostage phone kits are utilized by the specially Lucko trained tactical units to more safely and effectively resolve hostage and barricaded suspect issues.

The units are reported by the Lucko tactical staff to be operational and in good working order/condition.

Hostage phone kits are utilized by the specially trained Command Vehicle/Mobile Command Post tactical units to more safely and effectively resolve hostage and barricaded suspect issues.

The units are reported by the Command Vehicle staff to be operational and in good working order/condition.

Hostage phone kits are utilized by the specially trained split tactical units to more safely and effectively resolve hostage and barricaded suspect issues.

The units are reported by the Split tactical staff to be operational and in good working order/condition.

Hostage phone kits are utilized by the specially trained Rijeka tactical units to more safely and effectively resolve hostage and barricaded suspect issues.

The units are reported by the Rijeka tactical staff to be operational and in good working order/condition.

Vehicles

National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK) - The sole location for a vehicle donation was made was to the National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK) and is described as follows: One (1) 2003 Volkswagen Passat sedan.

The vehicle is used as transportation for Organized Crime Prosecutors to travel to and from court proceedings, and to attend prosecution related meetings with police and investigative personnel.

The vehicle is in excellent condition, and is serviced and maintained by the National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK).

National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK)
Volkswagen Passat 2

Miscellaneous

Instructional aids are utilized as needed throughout the classroom complex of the Basic Police School to enhance instructor’s abilities. These items are frequently moved from one classroom to another and are used by course presenters to make visual emphases to students. There was several software packages donated to the English Language Laboratory system.

Seventeen televisions were donated between 2005 and 2009. The televisions donated to Police Administration Zagreb were consigned to the 7 police stations within the greater Zagreb metropolitan area on a needs basis as determined by Police Administration Zagreb HQ. The TV sets were utilized as replacements for out-dated video equipment, and as instructional aids for the viewing of training material for in-service needs at the stations. The condition of these items have been checked and verified as good by Croatian police staff at Zagreb Police Administration. The televisions donated to the National Police Academy are used as instructional aids in the classrooms to assist in the presentation of course material.

The televisions are operational and in nearly constant use as the recruit classes are running continuously at full complement. The machines are in good condition.

Fifty-five air conditioners were donated to the Police Administration between 2005 and 2009. The donated air units were utilized to cool office work areas within the Administration HQ and select locations within the 7 police stations located within the greater Zagreb Metropolitan area. All air units are operational and in good working condition.

Thirty one digital cameras were donated to Police Administration Zagreb. The digital cameras donated to Police Administration Zagreb were distributed among the 7 police stations within the greater Zagreb metropolitan area on a needs assessment basis determined by Zagreb Police Administration HQ. They are used to photograph crime scenes, traffic collision investigations, and to memorialize incidents as police station commanders deem necessary. The Police Administration Zagreb staff indicates that all cameras are operational, in-service, and are in good working order/condition. The digital camera donated to the Buje police installations is utilized to photograph crime scenes, traffic collision investigations, and document situations of interest at the Border crossings. Buje police staff has confirmed that the camera is operational, in-service, and is in good working order/condition.

The endoscopes, thermo binoculars, and forensic recovery computer equipment were donated is listed to the Police Administration Zagreb: one Forensic Computer Recovery System.

The FRED device is in use within all seven police stations in the greater Zagreb metropolitan area on an as-needed basis. The machine is based at Zagreb Police Administration HQ. The system enables a trained technician to extract deleted/erased materials from a PC’s hard drive and is used in complex financial criminal investigations and other cyber-related crimes.

Zagreb Police Administration staff indicates that the FRED device is operational, in-service, and is in good working order/condition.

Buje Police Stations and Border Crossings: three endoscopes, one thermal camera, and one set night binoculars. For use primarily at the Border/Frontier Crossings at Kastel and Plovenija, the specialized endoscopes, thermal camera, and night binoculars assist Border Police and Customs to more effectively detect smuggled goods and persons across the border, and provide an improved interdiction of violators and vehicles engaged in unlawful acts. Buje Border Police and Customs staff report that the donated items are operational, in-service, and are in good working order/condition.

Thirty-five chairs and 30 tables were donated to National Police Academy to supplement existing student seating capabilities. They are in Serviceable, good condition.

Four shredders are used within Zagreb Police Administration HQ to dispose of sensitive police documents which contain restricted information. They are In-service, and in good operating condition.

Video conferencing equipment was provided to National States Attorney’s Offices as follows: Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Pula, Osijek, and Vukovar. Donated items consisted of DVD recorders, plasma screens, view cameras, assorted hardware, and installation costs. The video-conferencing equipment has afforded the Head States Attorney’s Office in Zagreb the ability to conference with their satellite offices through- out the country in order to discuss strategies on high profile prosecutions. The equipment is virtually brand new and shows no signs of wear. Although usage has been brisk, no malfunctions have been noted, and user comments are all favorable.

Six projectors were donated to the National Police Academy for use as instructional aids to display video training films to academy recruits and in-service officers. All projectors are operational, in-service and in good working condition.

Program Impact

INL program donated resources have significantly increased the capacity of law enforcement to control Croatia's borders; interdict trafficking; and conduct criminal investigations. ICITAP qualitative analysis indicates an increase in drug seizures, trafficking cases, organized crime, and terrorism arrests since the Croatian law enforcement agencies received the donated equipment. The resulting improvements in law enforcement capacity contributes to Post's Mission Strategic goals of strengthening state-level law enforcement and judicial institutions and increasing Croatia's ability to combat terrorism.

Computer Equipment

The donation of computers to the National Police Academy’s English Language Laboratory Program has provided the National Academy the capability to offer a systemized course of instruction in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of conversational English to in-service officers. The language lab is providing an excellent learning environment for police recruits to learn the English language or to improve on existing skills. The lab is also to be used for police investigators as part of an in-service language program to teach trained investigators the English language. This will enhance their ability to communicate with investigator counterparts in the US and the EU, thus increasing cooperation on trans-national investigations. The most significant impact will be on international organized crime investigations.

At the time of the submission of this 2009 EUM report, the English Language Laboratory system is entering the 7th week of an intensive 14 week Advanced English Language seminar. Since the acquisition of the ICITAP-donated hardware and software, which occurred in December, 2008, this class is the “Maiden Voyage” of the system, utilizing the “Tell Me More” instructional software, and newly appointed English instructors, specifically recruited and selected to oversee the English Language Lab. Ten police officers were selected from Police Counties from throughout the Republic and are in the English classroom lab six hours per day, five days per week. Instructor to student ratio is at 1:5, and the course of study follows the Tell Me More software lesson curriculum, and is supplemented by conversational interaction with the instructor(s) and reading assignments from English language texts. As the class progresses into the 8th week of instruction, ICITAP will assist by participating in weekly “Conversation Groups,” providing the student-officers the opportunity to engage in non-structured, and non-graded conversational dialogue with native English speakers. It is anticipated that ICITAP will continue with this participation for the duration of the Mission.

The donation of computers to the National Academy provides streamlining of instructional material to student audiences, and the introduction of basic computer skills to police recruits. The computers afford students and instructors alike the ability to access the Internet for research purposes, as well as prepare term papers and scheduled assignments on the word processors.

The Buje Police Station encompasses the two Border Crossing Stations at Kastel and Plovanija. Donated computers have replaced obsolete machines and serve to improve communication and exchange of police enforcement information between the Police and the Border Police and Customs functions in Buje. This border crossing is located in a very remote region of Croatia, and it’s location offering the potential for targeting by international smuggling operations.

Donated computers at the National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK) have been assigned to special prosecutors and are used in trial preparation, evidence and exhibit formatting, and case tracking purposes. This special office for prosecuting organized crime cases is staffed by 15-17 attorneys, who must travel throughout the national boundaries of the Republic of Croatia. The laptop computers make it possible for the prosecutors to maintain and transport secure files between the regional organized crime courts making it possible to more effectively prosecute organized crime in Croatia.

The donated computers have allowed Police Administration Zagreb to replace obsolete systems with state-of-the-art computers, and to add computers within work environments which had not been automated in the past. The overall impact has been a more efficient work flow, and greater productivity.

The computer donated to the Crime Police Unit at the National Police Directorate has completed the automation of the Investigative Unit and provided the Unit Supervisor the ability to automate assigned investigative case loads, and more effectively monitor investigative progress on active cases.

Monitors

The donated monitors have improved the National Academy’s capability to more effectively utilize existent computer stations, and provided the necessary complement to the English Laboratory System.

The donated monitors have provided the Buje Police and Border Stations improved capability by replacing obsolete equipment which facilitates a more efficient utilization of the newly donated computers, and provides the Border Crossings with additional viewing screens to monitor the border crossing function.

TV’s

The donated TVs have provided Police Administration Zagreb the ability to update equipment within the 7 police stations it oversees, and to replace obsolete video equipment with state-of-the-art TVs. The result is enhanced display of training films, and the necessary review of crime scene and traffic collision videos.

Due to consistently full recruiting classes, the National Police Academy utilizes a good deal of video instructional material which is ultimately displayed in the classrooms on TV. The donated TVs have allowed the Academy to replace worn and obsolete video equipment with new, state-of-the-art LCD TVs, enhancing the instructional quality of course curriculum, and the learning experience of the police recruits as well.

The plasma TV donated to the Crime Police Unit at the National Police Directorate has improved that Unit’s ability to effectively plot investigative strategy based upon an enhanced system to review crime scene footage.

The TV donated to the National Office for Fighting Organized Crime & Corruption (USKOK) has improved prosecutors’ abilities in court as it enhances their review of videoed evidentiary items and live footage of crimes and/or crime scenes during the trial preparation component of the prosecution.

Printers

Donated printers improve office efficiency and transfer of required hard documents between the police station and the two Border Crossings.

Donated printers to the National Police Academy have improved both the quality and volume of reproduced academic curriculum documents. Students and instructors are now able to print research papers, instructional materials, and course assignments.

Air Conditioners

The donated air conditioners have provided a more user-friendly work environment in offices which were previously not air conditioned, resulting in a more humane work environment, improved morale, and higher quality work product.

The donated air conditioners have provided a more user-friendly work environment in offices and classrooms which were previously not air conditioned, resulting in a more humane work environment, and a more efficient classroom learning experience.

Communications Equipment

The Phone Kits have increased the enforcement options of the tactical units that routinely deal with these very dangerous scenarios, and decreased both the officer’s and the citizen’s exposure to injury/death. Within two weeks of the donation of these phones, they were placed into use and resulted in the successful resolution of a hostage situation.

Digital Cameras

The donation of the digital cameras to Police Administration Zagreb has improved the capability of the seven police stations within the greater metropolitan Zagreb area to more effectively document crime scenes, traffic collision sites, and memorialize significant law enforcement incidents.

The donation of the digital camera to the Buje police station and the Border Crossings has enhanced the ability to photograph crime scenes, traffic collision sites, and situations of interest at the Border Crossings.

The FRED has enhanced Police Administration Zagreb’s ability to successfully investigate cyber crimes and follow them to a successful conclusion.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The donation of the endoscopes, thermal cameras and night binoculars have enhanced the ability of the Border Police and Customs Officers at the Kastel and Plovenija Border/Frontier to more effectively monitor the international border and successfully interdict illegally smuggled goods and persons. This equipment is in continuous use in the detection of hidden compartments in the ongoing fight against human trafficking, drug and weapons trafficking.

The donation of these items will predictably enhance the function of the Crime Police as they conduct surveillance operations, and as they undertake the examination, investigation, and documentation of crime scene photographic evidence items. It should be noted that these items are 2009 donations and are already in use by the Special Police Tactical Units (SWAT). The Special Police Tactical Units are the operational unit that will physically apprehend fugitives sought by the fugitive unit.

Interestingly enough, the special units have trained extensively with the Tactical Surveillance Throw Cameras. They have also adapted a telescoping mount to add another dimension to the use of the throw camera. This is a perfect example of the Croatian police demonstrating their innovative skills once they have the proper equipment with which to work. Scenario training at the National Police Academy in November 2009 has provided the officers in these high risk units the practical, hands-on experience to use these cameras in simulated apprehensions during staged high risk entry and arrest situations. The Croatian Tactical Units have adapted some practical supplemental equipment to complement the throw cams, such as a telescopic rod to which the throw cam can be attached which increases the safety margin and distance from camera location to the officer, and a cord attachment, which allows the camera to be lowered to the target vision area from a position of safety from above. Many aspects of this specialized training were photographed.

The donated projectors have improved instructional capabilities at the National Police Academy by providing more viewing locations, and the ability to offer projected screen training materials in more classrooms.

The additional table and seating capabilities provided by the donation has improved seating capacity in select classrooms, enabling larger student audiences in rooms where previously, existent seating was inadequate.

The donation of the shredders to Police Administration Zagreb has improved that entity’s ability to lawfully dispose of the voluminous paperwork which, due to sensitive content, cannot be disposed of in a conventional manner.

Video Conferencing Equipment

The addition of the video-conferencing equipment has afforded the States Attorney’s Office the practical ability to provide effective oversight to high visibility prosecutions occurring in the more remote areas of the Republic. With budgetary restraints, travel to or from Zagreb to more distant physical locales has not been a realistic alternative for supervisors, who often were unable to provide the necessary comment and input on case strategies. Now, face-to-face conversations and meetings are possible from all areas of the country without incurring the related travel costs. Training has also been facilitated by the conferencing systems.

Vehicles

The vehicle donation provides the National Office for Fighting Corruption & Organized Crime (USKOK) prosecutors a badly needed transportation device for official travel. This vehicle is used by prosecutors to travel between the four regional courts located throughout the Republic of Croatia.

It should be noted that this second VW Passat sedan is a 2009 donation item and is the second vehicle ICITAP has donated to the USKOK Office. Use, condition, and impact have not changed from the 2008 EUM description.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

ICITAP did not encounter any significant problems during the course of monitoring activities in 2008. Post and ICITAP will work with host government officials to ensure that outdated equipment is disposed of and any proceeds returned to the program in accordance with INL guidelines.

[Part I: Ankara through Riga]



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