On May 28, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan with support of JICA Tajikistan Office conducted National level Scientific-Practical Conference on the topic of “Inspection of Incident Scene”.

According JICA Tajikistan Office, the conference was attended by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), Head of the Forensics Department of the MIA, Head of Academy of MIA, scientists, judges, prosecutors, investigators, and heads of investigation departments, researchers and academic expert-criminalists of law enforcement agencies of Tajikistan.

The conference aimed at presenting and discussing the issues related to build capacity of specialists for accurate investigations and criminal examination including coordination among concerned law enforcement agencies.

The event started with the opening speech by Mr. Ikrom Umarzoda - Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan.  In his speech, he noted that protection of the rights, freedom of the person and citizen is one of the main tasks of the country with the necessary measures.

Mr. Hideki Tanabe, the Head of JICA Tajikistan Office, in his speech also noted that the development of each country and society starts with human resources development, and expressed hope that this event would be a good opportunity to improve knowledge and skills of law enforcement agencies.

The experts of MIA and invited specialists from the law enforcement agencies made presentations on the importance of inspection at incident scenes for investigative and operational teams and on the legal framework for the activities of the investigator during the inspection.

During the Conference, the most important aspects of the initial investigative actions, the detection and taking the traces of the crime, the use of technical means and science-based methods in the investigation of crimes based on the facts of the inspection of the scene were also highlighted.

During the presentations, it was noted that the transformations of globalization were rapidly developing and humankind faced new challenges and threats. This situation requires a completely new approach in all areas of the human society.  Therefore, law enforcement organizations are obliged to conduct preliminary investigations of incident sites thoroughly, comprehensively, and scientifically only on the basis of the Constitution, the Criminal Procedure Code and other laws of the Republic of Tajikistan.

At the conclusion of the conference, the following recommendations were considered and adopted:

• Organize and carry out activities to improve the knowledge and skills of law enforcement officers on the investigation of the scene of the incident;

• Strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies;• Using modern scientific techniques during the investigation of scene of the incident as much as possible.

JICA began its technical cooperation with Tajikistan in 1993 by inviting Tajik officials to gain knowledge and experience on governance and macroeconomics development.  As of January 2018, a total number of participants to JICA’s Knowledge Co-Creation Programs, formerly called the Training Programs, has exceeded 2200 people.  JICA Office was established in 2006 in Tajikistan and since then various Grant Financial Assistance and Technical Cooperation projects have been implemented more dynamically, aiming at improving living standard of Tajik people for the sectors such as agriculture and rural development, water supply, health, transport, energy, capacity building as well as SME promotion.  JICA’s cumulative investment portfolio in Tajikistan in all sectors comprises 35 projects amounting to more than 349.6 million USD (82 million USD for Technical Cooperation and 267.6 million USD for Grant Assistance), including 11 on-going projects.