A three-day regional training course (training of trainers) will be held in Tashkent on 24-26 April 2018 for canine officers of the border and customs agencies of the Central Asian states on Common Standards for Testing and Selection of Dogs for Official Activities. The training is organized within the framework of the Border Management Program in Central Asia (BOMCA), funded by the European Union, jointly with the National Dog Training Center of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The regional seminar is organized to train instructors-dog handlers on the method of "Training for Trainers" for further use of the training program in order to improve professional skills of the specialists of the canine services in the field of testing, selection and specialization of service dogs, and also to establish stable international contacts for further fruitful cooperation in the field of canine service.
The EU expert will present general standards of service dogs, testing methodology, basic requirements and a system for assessing service dogs, as well as familiarize them with the standard training program in the field of testing and selection of dogs for official activities.
Experts of the National Dog Training Center of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan will show a practical master class on search for narcotic, explosives and currency valuables in baggage and transport in order to exchange best practices with other countries of the region.
This event will improve the system of information exchange and develop a channel of stable international contacts for further fruitful cooperation in the field of canine services in the Central Asian region.
The Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) launched its activities in 2003 to strengthen partnership between the Central Asian governments in the area of border management. The EU allocated more than EUR 40 mln to BOMCA for 2003-2018, while almost EUR 5 mln were assigned for implementation of the 9th phase of the Programme for 2015-2018.