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Land border surveillance – strengthening of reaction capacity

The purchase of four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, as well as the installation of technical equipment, strengthened the Norwegian police’s border surveillance and response capacity.

Project dates 01/06/2010 - 30/06/2012
Total budget€731 000
EU contribution50%
Name of the entity managing the projectØstfinnmark Police District

Project Description

The project enabled the Norwegian police to purchase vehicles and technical equipment to strengthen its border surveillance capacity, and to strengthen its cooperation with the border guard at the Norwegian-Russian land border.

The acquisition of specialised vehicles and technical equipment improved the response capacity for border surveillance, night vision capability, and common situational picture for land border surveillance.

This project foresaw a closer interaction between the police and border guards at a tactical level, including on best practice for intercepting and apprehending irregular migrants. To do this, the police must be able to deploy officers anywhere along the land border at any time, and have the technical capacity to local irregular immigrants in poor visibility.

Benefits and results

The police purchased four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and snowmobiles to strengthen the response capacity for border control purposes. This means that officers may be deployed to the border at any time and in any conditions.

A data line for the transmission of situation pictures (in real time) from the border to the police, as well as technical night vision equipment, has been installed.

Other outcomes included strengthened integrated border management cooperation between the police and border guards, and provided input for a national strategic framework to further facilitate the police command and control function in sea and land border surveillance.

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