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.

EU-funded project

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.
23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime

26 June 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL

20 June 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief

02 February 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia

16 December 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations

01 September 2014

INTERPOL Chief discusses regional security needs during Eritrea visit

20 August 2014

INTERPOL workshop in Kuala Lumpur marks launch of regional counter-terrorism programme

11 August 2014

INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Marshall Islands highlights country’s role in regional security

08 July 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure

08 June 2014

Fight against terrorism and piracy focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Yemeni President

21 May 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea

21 March 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders

14 February 2014

Boosting law enforcement cooperation focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Liberia

11 February 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief

10 February 2014

Togo role in fighting wildlife and transnational crime focus of INTERPOL Chief visit

18 January 2014

Visit by Zanzibar police commissioner to INTERPOL focuses on boosting regional security