Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Project Duration: 25.04.2018 - 24.04.2020
Project ERDF Financing: 487 733,25 EUR
Project call: 2nd call
The common challenges faced by the project partners are lack of cross-border cooperation in combating cross-border crime and ensuring public security, where Latvia and Lithuania are used as transit areas for further crime moving to Europe. The project shall address strengthening of police cross-border cooperation in the field of handling of service dogs (K9) that are used for detention of dangerous persons, search of prohibited substances, material evidences, missing persons and other. Its overall objective is strengthening of the Police K9 capabilities for the public security in the Latvian and Lithuanian border territories. It will strengthen competences and capacities of Police K9 staff and partner institutions.
During the project experience exchange visits, theoretical and practical trainings will be organised for more than 40 officers, and training equipment as well as two specially equipted minibuses for dog training centers in Latvia and Lithuania will be purchased. Also, partners will develop Joint Police K9 Training Strategy and draft Guidelines (including action plan) in the field of dog handling. 10 service dogs, special equipment for service dogs and handlers, and six specialised police cars for handling of dogs will be purchased and stationed in the Programme territory.
As a result of the project, number of police service dogs and dog handlers will be increased, as well as K9 mobility and cross-border response capacity to combat crime and to improve civil security in Zemgale, Latgale, Kurzeme, Kaunas, Utena, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Telšiai and Panevežys regions.
On 21th-23th November Experience exchange visit to the State Police of Latvia and State Police College took place in Riga, Latvia.
On 10th-12th October Experience exchange visit to the Lithuanian Police Forensic Science Centre Dog Training Board took place in Vilnius, Lithuania.
On 14th-15th June Kick-off meeting and 1st Press conference of the project “Police K9” took place in Jelgava, Latvia.
After successful implementation of the project it`s overall objective was achieved and project partners capacity was strengthened by purchasing specially equipped vehicles, equipment, accomplishing cross border training activities as long as setting documents for further cooperation.
Lead partner – State Police of Latvia within the project purchased 6 service dogs, specialised accessories for trainings and various types of training exercise equipment sets to train dogs in various environments, video surveillance cameras together with recording devices and 4 specially equipped vehicles for transporting dog handlers and dogs.
Project partner – Lithianian Police Forensics Science Centre within the project purchased 4 service dogs and 4 specially equipped vehicles for transporting dog handlers and dogs in their daily duties.
Project partners organised in total joint training and experience exchange activities to obtain that Regional Police Headquarter dog handlers operating on the area of the Latvia – Lithuania border regions is more qualified, professional, modern and educated. In order to achieve this, partners organised in total 7 experience exchange visits to each project partner country, joint dog handler trainer and instructor trainings with invited foreign expert and experience exchange activities.
To harmonise service dog training field Project partners jointly developed Police K9 Cross-Border Training Strategy “Strategic directions for the co-operation of the Latvian and Lithuanian police dog handler service (structural units) in the field of training dog handlers and service dogs”.
In order to establish mechanisms for further cooperation Partners created the “Draft Guidelines (including Action plan) on dog handling field”, which later was supplemented with “Joint Declaration on the Implementation of the Guidelines on Regional Police Cooperation between the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Lithuania” signed by both Partners. These documents will help to continue the direction of cooperation started in the project.
After implementation of project`s activities, Regional Police Headquarter K9 service in Latvia – Lithuania border regions is significantly better equipped and K9 staff is more qualified thus being more capable to jointly operate on the area of the Latvian – Lithuanian border regions, as well as to support and help each other in a criminal case investigations and prevention.
Last updated: 04.12.2023 18:01