On July 27, Ieva Jaunzeme, Director General of the State Revenue Service (SRS), and Inguna Aire, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, signed agreements on two important projects - Prevention and Combating of Economic Crimes at Terehova Border Crossing and Promotion of law enforcement cooperation in preventing and combating economic crimes in Latvia.
Both projects will be implemented as part of the European Economic Area grant co-financed program International Police Cooperation and the Fight against Crime.
More convenient, secure and accurate border surveillance
To increase the efficiency of prevention and combating of economic crimes, one of the projects will be implemented by the SRS together with cooperation partners at the Terehova border crossing on the EU external border.
The project aims to improve the infrastructure at Terehova for more efficient customs control, as well as safer and more convenient conditions for border crossers.
As part of the project, customs and border guard specialists working at the border will participate in joint training, thus strengthening inter-institutional cooperation and coordination. In addition, the customs service detection dog premises in Rēzekne will be rebuilt, and new teaching and training aids and equipment will be purchased.
SRS partners within the project are OECD and SJSC State Real Estate. Total costs of the project are 2.6 million EUR of which 85% or 2.2 million is financed by European Economic Area grants and 15% or 388 000 by the state. The project will take three and a half years to complete.
Institutional cooperation in preventing and combating economic crime
In the second project, SRS will develop a unified criminal intelligence data exchange system and prepare information analysts and special task experts.
The unified criminal intelligence data exchange system will include a digital data analysis tool and a digital support system for the SRS National Criminal Investigation Model, which will be connected to the State Police database.
The exchange of criminal investigation data between law enforcement authorities will contribute significantly to the detection and prevention of criminal offences, both nationally and internationally.
The total costs of this project are 2.2 million EUR of which 85% or 1.9 million is financed by European Economic Area grants and 15% or 330 000 by the state. The project will take three years and ten months to complete.
The program International Police Cooperation and the Fight against Crime is co-financed by European Economic Area grants and managed by the Ministry of the Interior; the international partner organisation is the Council of Europe.
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