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Friday, 20 October 2017

IOM Trains 19 Police Officers on Passport Examination in Khartoum

(Press Release) 19 officers from the Sudanese Police Force today completed a five-day course in passport examination and border management concepts and techniques. Funded by the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development, the course is the second in a series of training courses being implemented by IOM in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior in Sudan. 
Certificates of completion were presented by Mr Mario Lito Malanca, the IOM Chief of Mission for Sudan, Mr Gian Pietro Testolin, the Emergency and Humanitarian Aid Coordinator for the Italian Agency for Development Cooperationand Lieutenant General Sharaf Eldeen Bashir Osman, Director of Directorate for Officer Training for the Police Training Institute.
Training was delivered by Nelson Goncalves, from the IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre in Tanzania and Professor Mohamed Abdelsalam Babikerfrom the University of Khartoum.
Participants were given practical training on the security features of passports, identity cards and visas as well as techniques for examining these documents to detected forgeries and counterfeits.  Other modules included briefings on: the Sudanese legal framework, passenger assessment and integrated border management.  The course provided an opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge and to deepen their understanding of the key role played by border management in supporting effective migration governance for the benefit of Sudan and migrants alike. Participant’s learned practical skills for examining passports and other identity documents to objectively determine whether they had been altered or counterfeited. The course also covered the importance of passenger assessment in speeding up the process of bona fide travelers, whilst identifying those requiring further investigation.
At the end of the course, participants were given a practical document examination test. The highest scoring students will be given more advanced training by IOM in January 2017, which will include a train the trainers module. This will give them the ef of Mission stated that he is“delighted to present certificates to the officers who have successfully completed this course. IOM is committed to working in partnership with the Government of Sudan to develop its migration management systems and practices. Effective border management will help Sudan to protect its borders and to manage migration for the benefit of Sudan and migrants alike. The technical skills acquired during this training will skills to transfer the skills they have learned to their colleagues.
Mario Lito Malanca, the IOM Chi contribute to this objective.”
Lieutenant General SharafEldeen Bashir Osman, from theDirectorate of Officer Training expressed his appreciation for the training which is the first of its kind for the Police Officers and that he “hopes to have similar trainings in the future to enable the Sudanese Police Force to effectively fulfil its duties and develop skills that can improve the lives of citizens in Sudan and abroad”