The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), responding to the request of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi to make anticorruption assistance our number one priority, provided a full range of assistance to the Government of Georgia (GOG) and its law enforcement agencies. INL provided funding and coordination for the development of a multi-agency forensic laboratory development project. The project aims to enhance the GOG’s forensic capabilities, as well as, to assist the GOG in developing institutional checks and balances necessary to prevent corruption such as evidence collection and protection procedures, electronic case management systems, competitive hiring processes, and an independent law enforcement status that prevents other agencies from manipulating forensic science to facilitate other acts of corruption. INL provides additional funding for the Resident Security Officer (RSO) in Georgia to provide ethics and anticorruption training to Georgian police and law enforcement officers, to promote professional responsibility and develop investigative methods and procedures that lessen the effects of corruption on the investigative, arrest, and prosecutorial systems.
2001: International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Money Laundering and Financial Crimes – Georgia Review
During the last year, OTA provided advice to the Chamber of Control (the supreme audit body in Georgia) concerning organizational issues and competency testing for their employees. Preparatory work was performed with selected members of the Financial Police in order to provide technical training in criminal tax investigations. The OTA Enforcement Team initiated a program of assistance to the Procuracy General�s anti-corruption unit. A plan of action to approach the development of anti-money laundering legislation has been developed by OTA.
Georgia remains a secondary transit route for narcotics flowing from Central Asia to Europe. The potential for Georgia to become an important narcotics transit route in the future is heightened by the lack of control the government exercises over some of its borders and territory. Issues of corruption, low pay, and poor training continue to plague both general law enforcement and drug enforcement agencies. In response to Government of Georgia (GOG) requests, the United States Government (USG) is providing training and equipment for the border guards and customs officials. Georgia is a party to the 1988 UN Drug Convention and is also receiving assistance from the UN Drug Control Program (UNDCP).