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2004 Press Releases

U.S. Helps to Boost Slovak Border Security

Bratislava, November 23, 2004

As part of the United States' ongoing efforts to assist the Slovak Republic in strengthening its export controls and border security, U.S. Ambassador Ronald Weiser today presented two new Skoda Fabias to the Border and Alien Police.

The cars were donated by the Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS) of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava. The EXBS Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Department of Homeland Security. Its goal is to assist the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to develop their export control programs and to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For this purpose, EXBS provides equipment, training and other assistance to these countries.

Since the EXBS office opened in the U.S. Embassy in March, it has provided training and equipment to Slovakia valued at approximately SKK 15.6 million.

In addition to the two Skoda vehicles, which will assist the Border and Alien Police in the performance of their border security duties, EXBS has provided the following assistance to the Slovak Republic in the past eight months:

  • During the last week of October, three Native American (Indian) customs and border protection patrol officers from the Tohono O'Odham Reservation in southern Arizona trained 28 Slovak Border and Alien Police Officers on tracking techniques that will help them track down and capture aliens, and possibly terrorists, being illegally smuggled into Slovakia. The training took place in eastern Slovakia, at Vysne Nemecke. The American Indian officers normally patrol the border between Mexico and the U.S., searching for smugglers and illegal aliens in the harsh desert, and they taught their tracking skills to the Slovak officers.
  • During the week of September 20-24, members of Slovakia's Police Presidium received 40 hours of training in the art of Internet investigations aimed at locating and prosecuting cyber-criminals in the Slovak Republic. The course instructors were Senior Special Agents from the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Cyber-Crimes Unit in Washington, D.C., who traveled to Slovakia to conduct the training at the Ministry of the Interior's Police Academy computer laboratory.
  • From July 14 through 23, 16 Slovak customs officers received 40 hours of international border inspection training in Hidalgo, Texas. From July 26 through August 1, these customs officers plus five officers from the Police Presidium and representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office and the Department of Sensitive Goods and Trade of the Ministry of the Economy received 40 hours of training at the Radiation Academy in Richland, Washington.
  • On April 19, EXBS donated a CT-30 Enforcement Kit that contains a density measurement device, fiber optic scope and other inspection tools to the Slovak Directorate of Customs.

In the future, EXBS plans to provide English language training for Slovak border police and additional equipment for Slovak customs officers.