Under the EU-funded More for More project, the International Organisation for Migration arranged with the Finnish Border Guard to enable four officials from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs Operational Technical Department to visit Kainuu in central Finland this week.
With EU funding, $3.2 million of equipment is being procured for upgrading Georgias border surveillance apparatus. The Georgian officials received first hand exposure to the equipment used in Finland and how for example cameras and sensors are synchronised to avoid officers travelling unnecessarily to remote areas only to discover that an animal had triggered the sensor.
Classroom based analysis of the challenges faced in Georgia was mixed with practical exposure to the command centre in Kajaani, the green border close to Suommusalmi and the border checkpoint at Varteus. Time spent at Varteus included a helicopter journey on patrol south of the checkpoint.