INTERPOL assists local police forces in the regions where pirates operate, training them in the skills necessary to investigate pirate attacks and develop legal cases against the facilitators and financiers of pirate networks. Our specialized training is targeted to the needs of each country and region.
The European Union collaborates with INTERPOL in the fight against maritime piracy by funding our Maritime Piracy Capacity Building Project for East Africa. The project focuses on capacity building for authorities in East Africa, through the following:
- Needs assessment: Needs assessments are carried out in target countries to determine current knowledge levels and potential shortcomings of the law enforcement agencies. This allows INTERPOL to create tailor-made training programmes for each country. Needs assessments have been completed for Kenya and the Seychelles, to be followed by Somalia and Tanzania.
- Law enforcement capacity building in East Africa: A three-year project aimed at developing the forensic and investigative capabilities of seven East African countries by providing essential equipment and training.
- Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Seychellois police: This system will allow better collection of biometric data from the prison population, including convicted pirates. Better data should result in more accurate matches and verifications by counter-piracy agencies.
- Crime scene investigation training: These training programmes will enhance regional law enforcement agencies’ ability to investigate maritime and transnational crimes, and develop forensic and criminal intelligence.
- Crime scene investigation equipment: Basic crime scene investigation equipment will be provided to Kenya, the Seychelles and Tanzania, as identified during the needs assessment stage.