By Confidente Reporter
THE United States Embassy Regional Security Office facilitated a second Fraudulent Document Training course in Namibia, presented by diplomatic security investigators and experts from the US Consulate in Cape Town.
This is the second such workshop held in Namibia in 2017, with the first having taken place in Windhoek in March.
Over 120 Namibian officials, including Namibian customs, immigration, police, Namport, Namibia Airports Company (NAC), and Air Namibia participated in the specialty training over three days.
The training course focused on detecting imposters, regional travel document fraud trends, and security features of US travel documents. US Assistant Regional Security Officer for Investigations, Cassius Gray, who facilitated the training, said that this type of training is important, as it helps increase fraud awareness and help identify imposters using forged documents.
Participants were trained on specific techniques that assist in quickly identifying imposters and fraudulent documents. The Namibian officials that participated in the course are able to immediately implement techniques in their daily duties in port security, law enforcement, immigration and customs, also at the Walvis Bay Airport.
Protecting the integrity of government identity documents and identifying imposters decreases opportunities for identity theft, customs violations, immigration fraud, and assists border officials in securing Namibia’s borders and ports of entry.
Namport Investigation and
Intelligence Superintendent, Leon van Rooyen, said that Namport personnel in attendance benefited greatly from the training opportunity and the identification of imposters and document security features were indeed an eye-opener.
International criminals continually look for ways to exploit international borders, which reinforces the need for countries to work together to eliminate transnational crime and fraudulent activities.
The US Embassy continues to support the Government of Namibia in securing their borders and upholding the rule of law.
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