First Session of Green Border Officer Training Program Successfully Concludes (April 7)
April 7 marked the conclusion of the first session of a new Green Border Officer Training Program, a joint collaboration between the Georgian Border Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) Academy, and the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program. The training was designed to provide officers with enhanced knowledge and skills for improved protection and security of the borders. On March 13, Deputy Chief of Mission, Nicholas Berliner, delivered remarks at the launch ceremony for the Georgia Border Police Officer Training Program at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Academy. The EXBS program has been collaborating with Border Police since 2006 through infrastructure upgrades, equipment provisions and training deliveries. At the request of the MOIA, the EXBS and the DTRA completed a Green Border Assessment in June 2014 in coordination with EU counterparts that identified capability gaps – including the need for improved infrastructure and human resource development. This assessment was used to elaborate the MOIA Modernization, Standardization, and Unification Program presented in 2015. The MOIA expressed interest in pursuing projects to strengthen Georgia’s border and maritime security to help fill these gaps. The United States has demonstrated its enduring commitment to Georgia’s security by supporting various initiatives such as the training of current and future border police officers.