Islamabad - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday said that it would continue to support Pakistan in fight against drugs and organised crime by working closely with different government agencies.

Speaking at a national conference on ‘E-learning for Pakistan’s Law Enforcement,’ Country Representative UNODC  Cesar Guedes said his office was committed to supporting the government of Pakistan in achieving security and justice for the people of Pakistan and the region; by providing comprehensive assistance in combating drugs and crime.

The e-learning programme of UNODC, he said, is exactly the initiative that addresses such challenges, by focusing on capacity building of Pakistan’s law enforcers.

The conference was organised by UNODC in collaboration with narcotics control division, ministry of interior & narcotics control, and National Police Bureau Pakistan.

Commemorating the milestone of 100,000 hours of training, the conference highlighted the role of the e-learning platform in broadening the knowledge and field effectiveness of law enforcement personnel. Since 2010, UNODC’s e-learning platform has delivered training to more than 15,000 law enforcement personnel in Pakistan. This amounts to more than 100,000 hours of training on core law enforcement functions including searches and interdiction techniques, evidence collection and preservation, detecting and investigating transnational organised crime, criminal intelligence, and crime scene investigations.

The event was attended by senior representatives, heads/deputies of security agencies and their respective training establishments along with members of ministries, diplomatic missions, UN agencies and INGOs, and experts from the academia.

Major government entities that are part of the countrywide e-learning programme include national police academy, federal investigation agency, Pakistan rangers, Pakistan customs, anti-narcotics force, airports security force, Pakistan coast guards, Pakistan maritime security agency, Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Frontier Corps Balochistan, Frontier Constabulary Balochistan, Punjab police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Islamabad capital territory police, Balochistan police, Sindh police, Gilgit-Baltistan police and Azad Jammu & Kashmir police.