Support to Combating Illicit Arms Trafficking in Kosovo* for Criminal Police (CPIAT)

The project under implementation by UNDP Kosovo is supporting the Kosovo Police in strengthening their capacities to better detect and increasingly confiscate firearms, components and ammunition, and improve the quality of investigations. The emphasis is on investigations against organized crime and criminal groups dealing with international arms trafficking using Kosovo as a transit route for illicit arms trafficking into the Western European countries. The project is implemented in line with the Small Arms Light Weapons and Explosives control strategy and action plan, as well as the Countering Organized Crime strategy, Intelligence Led Policing strategy and Community Policing Strategy and Action Plan.

Specifically, the project aims to identify the gaps within the department of investigations regarding the investigation of illicit arms trafficking, as well as procure advanced equipment to detect and confiscate SALW, ammunition and their components and provide specialized capacity development for police investigators. The project will thus contribute to higher detection rates during traffic controls and house searches; increased number of leads during special investigative measures; higher seizure of weapons; and increased public safety.

The project contributes to Roadmap Goals 2 ,3 ,5 and key performance indicators 3, 4, 8, 10, 14 of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and their ammunition in the Western Balkans.

Budget: US$660,000

Implementing period: February 2020 – December 2021

Results achieved as of 30 September 2020:

  • The project supported 20 police investigators, community policing officers and patrolling officers to gain basic knowledge and information on firearms investigations and the latest trends of illicit arms trafficking, through an online basic training on firearms investigations for the crime investigation department;
  • The project facilitated the procurement of an interactive, visual data mining and link analysis software, MALTEGO XL, delivered to the Organized Crime Investigation Directorate of the Kosovo Police. The software will enable the Kosovo Police to increase the speed of investigations by gathering data from open sources, and visualizing the information in a format suitable for link analysis and data mining.


Cross-Border Integrated Institutional Approach Towards Combating Illicit Arms Trafficking

The project to be implemented by UNDP Kosovo* and UNDP North Macedonia starting with April 2021 aims to improve the cross-border cooperation between Kosovo and North Macedonia and lay basis for an integrated institutional approach in combating illicit arms trafficking in the two jurisdictions through a series of closely coordinated activities. These include actions such as joint trainings and sharing of experience and intelligence, joint investigation teams (JIT), and joint actions in combating converted weapons trafficking.

Project results will directly enhance the cross-border and inter-institutional collaboration in the field of SALW from the early stage of investigations and improve the capacities of law-enforcement institutions to deal with trans-national arms trafficking threats. It will thus improve the quality of investigations and secure solid and reliable information flow and increase the number of conviction cases in the court. This will bring the two jurisdictions closer to best European practices in the field SALW control.

Budget: U$522,067

Implementing period: April 2021 – May 2022