4.2 Improvement of border management operations, customs and visas procedures.
Podlaski Border Guard Regional Unit of Maj.Gen. Henryk Minkiewicz (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
Nadbużański Border Guard Regional Unit (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
In recent years, the scale of illegal migrants at the BY-EU border has strongly increased. Illegal migration that is triggering crimes plus smuggling and long waiting time at crossing points are the essential problems identified at the Polish-Belarusian border. They shall be addressed by efficient security and monitoring system based on high level of protection measures and secured by effective border guard service.
Within the BorderProtect project, the Polish partners from Podlaskie and Lubelskie Voivodeships intend to install a new technical border surveillance system including Digital Mobile Radio communication, as a part of the European Border Surveillance System EUROSUR. In addition, the purchases include new radiotelephones, dispatch consoles, radio server, headsets, active hearing protectors, portable cooled and uncooled thermal imaging cameras as well as Tower Observation Set. The Belarusian side of the border will be accessorized with materials for the construction of a new optical-fiber alarming video system for perimeter surveillance and the transport portable equipment (terrain vehicles, quad bikes and motorboat). Additionally, thermal vision accessories and tactical flashlights will be bought there as well. Furthermore, all partners will conduct trainings on the operation of new systems to strengthen the competences and establish good practices for the border personnel. The workshops will serve as a platform to exchange experiences and study solutions from other countries. To show effects of the project and explain its relevance to citizens, the partners will cooperate with local and national media, as well as they will use their own websites.
The project realization will positively influence the efficiency at border crossing points on both sides of the Polish-Belarusian border. Better knowledge and practical skills of the border guards will result in higher level of protection and control efficiency. Closer cooperation between the border services will have a significant impact on security of the residents of the regions involved.
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