Interpol holds course in Georgia on regional explosives threat management

The International Criminal Police Organization held a four day course from Nov. 4 to 7 to increase regional preparedness for an emergency response to a potential chemical and explosives terrorist attack.

The course was organized by Interpol's Chemical and Explosives Terrorism Prevention Unit and Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event attracted participants from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia who represented law enforcement, customs, government and chemical agencies. The course sought to develop comprehensive strategies to combat chemical and explosive threats.

"Prevention of terrorist attacks involving the use of chemicals and explosives requires an extraordinary level of coordination amongst governments, police and the public and private enterprises," Interpol ChemEx Terrorism Prevention Unit Coordinator Ian Rotsey said. "Courses like this bring together experts and participants from different countries and agencies, and allow stakeholders at all levels to plan, prepare for, and prevent such attacks. Counter terrorism capability in each country can be significantly strengthened by adopting a synchronized regional approach."

The course's agenda included presentation, workshops, scenarios and field exercises on how to identify home-based manufacturing facilities of improvised explosive and chemical devices, as well as how to properly address and minimize risk.

"Because an attack of this kind would have severe consequences for economic and political stability, Interpol's course this week has proved invaluable for our region as investigators now have the skills they need to prevent it," Deputy Director of the Reforms and Development Agency of Georgia's Internal Affairs Ministry Valerian Lomuashvili said.