Closing event under the project, co-funded by the Swiss government, concerning counteraction to illicit trafficking in vehicles
Police cars, equipped with special equipment for identification and real-time check shall improve the capability of Bulgarian police to counter trafficking in stolen vehicles. The efforts of the National Police General Directorate were supported by Swiss funding. The Deputy-Director of the National Police General Directorate, Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva, the Head of the Traffic Police Department, Commissioner Rossen Rapchev and the head of the Crime against Property Sector, within the Criminal Police Department , Chief Inspector Zhivko Kosturkov, presented the results of the six-years project, entitled “Counteraction to crime connected with trafficking in vehicles”.
Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva expressed gratitude to the Swiss government and the Swiss colleagues for the constructive partnership and funding. She pointed out that the carried out activities support police structures in more effective countering of this type of crime. The achieved results are due to the complex activities of all project partners. The improved coordination and counteraction between competent bodies, the active operative police cooperation, participation in international police operations and best practice exchange are very valuable for us, summarized Senior Commissioner Blagorodna Makeva.
A system for automated recognition of vehicle registration plates has been established under the project. 23 police cars have been equipped with identification scanners, allowing real time checks of police data base. 80 police officers have been trained in the newest technics of stolen vehicle detection, they got acquainted with Swiss experience in the police departments of Neuchatel and Geneva and the operation of the Schengen Information System. The total value of the project is 800 000 Swiss Francs, of which 85% are Swiss co-funding. The project is implemented under the Security Fund of the Swiss-Bulgarian cooperation program. The main partner of the National Police General Directorate in the project is the police department of Neuchatel.
The Director of the Swiss Intermediate Body Mr. Victor Prestel, the Director of special projects of SOITRON-MOSY Mr. Jan Tero, the Deputy-Director of the Counter Organized Crime General Directorate Mr. Stefan Djolev and the Director of the Vehicle Administration Executive Agency Mr. Boiko Ranovski were guests at the closing event.