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Cablegate: Dea Basic Drug Enforcement Training Proposal And

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DE RUEHKA #6662/01 3230048
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 190048Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY DHAKA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2635
INFO RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 9480
RUEABND/DEA HQS WASHDC

UNCLAS DHAKA 006662

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT PLEASE PASS TO INL FOR ANTHONY GRESKO; DELHI FOR DEA
(BACON AND KHAN).

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SNAR PGOV BG
SUBJECT: DEA BASIC DRUG ENFORCEMENT TRAINING PROPOSAL AND
BUDGET

REF: GRESKO/WILBUR EMAIL 16 OCT 06.

1. SUMMARY AND ACTION REQUEST. Pursuant to a 2002 Bilateral
Letter of Agreement on Law Enforcement and Narcotics Control,
Post Econ officer and regional DEA representatives in New
Delhi propose to conduct a two week course April 2-13, 2007
designed to provide GOB participants basic training in the
techniques necessary to conduct counter narcotics
investigations and operations. Action request see Paragraph
6. End Summary.

2. Background. Bangladesh is described as an ideal transit
route for illicit drugs due to the country's largely porous
borders. Officers who have little, if any, training in
counter-narcotics work are responsible for guarding the air,
sea, and land ports and borders. GOB officials have admitted
that personnel lack basic law enforcement skills required to
perform basic counter narcotics work, such as identifying
controlled substances, and conducting effective searches of
vehicles, containers, boats and aircraft. Previously, DEA
conducted training of GOB officers in 2004 but these officers
have since moved on to non-narcotics related duties.

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3. Project Description. The proposed training would be the
Basic Drug Enforcement Seminar, to be conducted in Dhaka,
Bangladesh by DEA Instructors April 2 - 13, 2007. Currently
there are no USG agencies other than DEA capable of
delivering this type of curriculum in Bangladesh. The Basic
Drug Enforcement Seminar is a two week course designed to
provide participants basic training and techniques necessary
to conduct drug investigations. The Basic Drug Enforcement
Seminar will cover at least the following topics: Case
Initiation, Undercover Operations, Confidential Source
Management, Interview and Interrogation, Surveillance, Report
Writing, Drug Identification and Testing, and Officer Safety
and Survival. The course provides the skills necessary to
manage, plan, organize, operate, and control a wide variety
of investigative and enforcement activities, with the
ultimate goal being to develop a drug investigative skill set
in each of the participants. A secondary effect of the
course is that the training affords the attendees the
opportunity to establish professional and personal
relationships with not only DEA and other USG
representatives, but also with other GOB law enforcement
officials. While investigating the illicit drug trade is a
unique skill that takes years to master, the Basic Drug
Enforcement Seminar is the initial step in establishing an
effective drug investigation program. Follow up training is
also available in the future.

4. Goals/Performance Measures. The short term goal of this
training is to produce a core group of Bangladeshi officers
similarly trained and competent in counter-drug
investigations. The long term goal is eventually to be able
to form an effective drug task force-type unit that can
assist USG agents in Bangladesh. Effective drug enforcement
would also increase the safety and security of Bangladesh's
borders. The goal of having drug investigators trained by
the DEA is in line with both the Government of Bangladesh's
stated goals and the USG strategic plan for the region. A
quantitative measure of the program's success will be the
eventual arrests and seizures that will be effected by those
officers who receive the training. A qualitative measure
will be to evaluate the intelligence that can be gathered by
a group of similarly trained officers doing counter-narcotics
work.

5. Budget and Funding. Funding is provided by the following
fiscal data: $79,400.00-1911-X10220002-0409241002-0-4121.

Advance party:
Travel $ 9,000.00
Per Diem (1 Instructor x $212/day) $ 1,484.00
Other $ 500.00
Total $10,984.00

Instruction
Travel (4 Instructors x $9,000) $36,000.00
Per Diem (4 Instructors x $212/day) $14,416.00
Other ($500 x 4) $ 2,000.00
Total $52,416.00

Conference Room $ 8,000.00
(if a suitable law enforcement facility is not
available)
Training Materials $ 4,500.00
Equipment/supplies/shipping $ 2,000.00
Miscellaneous $ 1,500.00

Total $16,000.00

Grand Total $79,400.00

6. Action Request. Please proceed with the Interagency
Agreement with DEA as discussed to facilitate this training.
BUTENIS

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