ECOWAS po­lice to meet in Ba­mako over transna­tional crime

Daily Trust - - AFRICA INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

ECOWAS Po­lice Chiefs are to meet in Ba­mako, Mali this week with other stake­hold­ers to dis­cuss the strate­gies for strength­en­ing the re­gion’s ca­pac­ity in com­bat­ing transna­tional crime among other things.

The meet­ing of the tech­ni­cal sub­com­mit­tee of the West Africa Po­lice Chiefs Com­mit­tee (WAPPCO) is to fos­ter co­op­er­a­tion among po­lice of­fi­cers spe­cial­ized in the train­ing and op­er­a­tions with a view to strength­en­ing re­gional ca­pac­i­ties to ef­fec­tively com­bat or­ga­nized crime.

The meet­ing ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the com­mis­sion in Abuja will ex­am­ine the im­ple­men­ta­tion sta­tus of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the pre­vi­ous Gen­eral As­sem­bly of WAPPCO on Joint Po­lice op­er­a­tions for in­for­ma­tion ex­change and ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing, and best prac­tices on po­lice train­ing and op­er­a­tions.

The par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, ECOWAS tech­ni­cal staff, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of INTERPOL and other law en­force­ment bod­ies, will also agree on the im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­ce­dures for con­duct­ing Joint Po­lice op­er­a­tions adopted at the last WAPCCO An­nual Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

The vast­ness and poros­ity of West Africa’s ter­res­trial borders, and prox­im­ity to the Sa­hel have made the re­gion a tran­sit zone for var­i­ous traf­fick­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Other crime chal­lenges fac­ing the re­gion in­clude the pres­ence of ter­ror­ist and il­le­gal armed groups, drug and hu­man traf­fick­ing net­works, as well as pro­lif­er­a­tion of arms and am­mu­ni­tion and money laun­der­ing.

The com­mis­sion noted that ECOWAS Mem­ber States lack ad­e­quate law en­force­ment and crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tems to tackle these chal­lenges and com­bat­ing transna­tional crime de­mands the pool­ing of re­sources at na­tional, re­gional and global lev­els.

WAPCCO was cre­ated as a spe­cial­ized in­sti­tu­tion and con­sul­ta­tive body for Re­gional Po­lice Co­op­er­a­tion, to serve as a plat­form for com­bat­ing crime and other se­cu­rity threats in the re­gion.

The Com­mit­tee, whose per­ma­nent sec­re­tariat is domi­ciled in the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Di­vi­sion of the ECOWAS Com­mis­sion, or­ga­nizes and co­or­di­nates pe­ri­odic re­view and plan­ning meet­ings of its tech­ni­cal sub-com­mit­tee as well as joint train­ing and op­er­a­tions/ex­er­cises, and an an­nual gen­eral as­sem­bly.

People of Guinea Bis­sau dur­ing cam­paign re­cently.

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