OSCE continues training seminars for Kazakhstan police in psychological profiling techniques
An OSCE-supported three-day training seminar for police officers in psychological profiling techniques used when policing large-scale events concluded in Karaganda, Kazakhstan on 14 April 2017.
The seminar, co-organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana and the Interior Ministry, was led by experts from the Association of Psychologists and Behavioural Therapists of Kazakhstan. The event is a follow-up to seminars on best practices in public assembly management and profiling techniques, which were held in October, November and December 2016 in Astana and Almaty in preparation for Expo 2017 and the Universiade 2017 Winter Games.
Some 35 mid-level officers and instructors of the Karaganda Police Academy learned about psychological techniques for identifying potential threats during mass events. Experts focused on psychological profiling, including identifying the elements of risk profiles, crowd mentality and psychological methods of influencing an aggressive crowd, lie detection techniques and drills to improve visual memory, concentration and attention. Experts also presented ways to use different risk indicators. The course was followed by a practical exercise.
The next seminar will be held in Kokshetau on 19-21 April 2017 for the officers and cadets of the Kokshetau Technical Institute under the Interior Ministry’s Emergency Committee.
The event is part of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana's activities to enhance security, increase accountability and promote best practices in security at large-scale events.