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Source: European Union (EU)
5 February 2014

EUPOL COPPS delivers training to Palestinian Police to enhance drug awareness

Bethlehem, February 05, 2014

Bethlehem – EUPOL COPPS anti-narcotics experts delivered training to 21 Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) officers to enhance their capabilities in safely identifying types of drugs and suspected addicts.

The one-day training in the West Bank city of Bethlehem enabled the investigators from PCP’s Anti Narcotics Administration to conduct the required drug tests on the spot and to be able to quickly decide whether the seized items need to be transported to a specialised laboratory.

The trainers surveyed the drugs already available in the West Bank and the future challenges regarding new types of drugs. The lectures touched upon the concept of “organised crime” and the international police cooperation in fighting it.

The Mission’s experts also showed the participants best ways to deal with drugs, without inflecting damage during the preliminary examination of the dangerous materials.

Since the start of 2014, EUPOL COPPS advisers have trained about 70 PCP officers from the Anti Narcotics Administration in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem Hebron, Tubas, Jericho and Jenin.

Similar training will be carried out in the remaining districts soon. The upcoming training is expected to shed light on how to seize and handle drugs and how to approach people under the influence of narcotics.

For further information please contact: EUPOL COPPS Press and Public Information Office Land line: 02-2976677 (extension 113 or 121) Cell. Press and Public Information Officer: 054-2666644 Cell Press Officer: 054-2666637 or 059-9522405 E-mail:


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