Enhancing security capabilities: Technical-Criminalistic and Judicial Expertise Center receives critical equipment donation

Today, December 12, the Technical-Criminalistic and Judicial Expertise Center of the General Police Inspectorate received a donation of equipment for its technical-explosive unit. The event was attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Andrei Cecoltan, the Head of the General Police Inspectorate, Viorel Cernauteanu, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Kent D. Logsdon, and the staff of the Technical-Criminalistic and Judicial Expertise Center.

The equipment will be used to develop skills in research, defusing, and safe transportation of explosive substances and products to be further deactivated in safe places. This equipment is crucial for improving workplace safety and protecting team members from the potential impacts of explosions.

In his speech, Andrei Cecoltan, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, emphasized how important this equipment is for the bomb squad and expressed gratitude to the USA representatives for their support:

“Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, our professionals have had thousands of interventions. They conducted checks in all false bomb threats, both in the capital town and nationwide. They checked large areas to remove remains of Soviet missiles that may have been dangerous for the population, defused booby traps, missile warheads, and conducted controlled detonations. (…) The equipment donated today is essential for improving work safety and protection of team members from the effects of explosions, as well as for ‘clean’ intervention in sensitive areas where security risks for citizens are high”.

“In light of recent challenges, it has become evident that beyond ensuring the safety of citizens, we must also prioritize the protection of our employees against the substantial risks they face. The unwavering support from the US Embassy to the National Police significantly contributes to strengthening professional capabilities. The embassy’s openness to supporting us in various areas in 2023-2024, especially in fields like cybercrime, cybersecurity, and community policing, reaffirms its role as a strategic partner in ensuring a secure community environment”, stressed Viorel Cernauteanu, the Head of the General Police Inspectorate.

The equipment worth $360,000 was donated by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.