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12 July 2016

1,500 police in operation targeting crime networks across Eastern and Southern Africa

KENYA/ZIMBABWE - An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting transnational crimes including human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, terrorism, car theft and environmental crime has resulted in nearly 4,500 arrests.To address the wide-ranging yet often interlinked types of crime across the region, some 1,500 officers were deployed...
07 June 2016

Border management focus of INTERPOL training in West Africa

COTONOU, Benin – A further 44 law enforcement officers from eight countries - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo - have undergone training as part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Project to Foster Stability in West Africa.The two-week (23 May – 3 June) course was the second in a series of training courses aimed at e...
15 January 2016

Media invitation for 23rd INTERPOL African Regional Conference in Congo

LYON, France – Senior law enforcement officials from across Africa will gather in Brazzaville, Congo, from 8–10 February 2016 for the 23rd INTERPOL African Regional Conference.The conference will focus on a range of transnational crime issues, including: • terrorism • drug trafficking • people smuggling • cybercrime• cooperation between INTERPOL and regio...
26 November 2015

INTERPOL operations target illegal timber trade in Africa and the Americas

LYON, France – INTERPOL-coordinated illegal logging operations in West Africa and Central and South America have identified key trade routes used by criminal networks to traffic illicitly harvested timber and led to major seizures of protected and valuable timber species worth more than USD 262 million.Operation Log took place in nine West African countri...
06 November 2015

Regional cooperation key to INTERPOL operation targeting terrorist movements

LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation in North Africa and the Sahel targeting the movement of terrorists and others using fraudulent travel documents has highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and the support of INTERPOL’s policing capabilities.Law enforcement officers from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Niger conducted heightened...
04 November 2015

Rwandan programme to tackle gender-based violence spotlighted at INTERPOL General Assembly

KIGALI, Rwanda – Rwanda’s ‘Isange one stop centre’ model has been highlighted at the INTERPOL General Assembly as an example of best practice for preventing and responding to gender-based violence and child domestic abuse.Launched in July 2009, there are currently 17 Isange - a Kinyarwanda word which means ‘feel at home’ - centres around the country which...
02 November 2015

INTERPOL seminar creates network against pharmaceutical crime in Comoros

MORONI, Comoros – An INTERPOL seminar on pharmaceutical crime brought together 24 senior police, justice, customs and health leaders from the Comoros to create a strong national network against the challenges posed by fake medicines.The two-day (26 and 27 October) multi-agency seminar was organized by INTERPOL’s Global Health and Safety unit, with support...
30 September 2015

INTERPOL launches first national electronic police information system for West African countries

ACCRA, Ghana – The first national electronic police information system for West African countries has been launched in Ghana by INTERPOL, in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and with funding by the European Union (EU).The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) facilitates the collection, centralization, man...
21 September 2015

West African Police Information System launched by INTERPOL

BAMAKO, Mali - The first electronic police information system for West African countries, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by INTERPOL with the collaboration of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been launched in Mali as well as in Benin and Niger.The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) facilitates the...
18 September 2015

Illicit medicine manufacturers shut down in INTERPOL operation against pharmaceutical crime

LYON, France – Authorities shut down three illicit manufacturing facilities and seized more than 150 tonnes of counterfeit and illicit medicines in the largest INTERPOL operation targeting pharmaceutical crime in Southern Africa.Some 2,100 police, customs and health regulatory officers took part in Operation Giboia II (19-21 August) across seven countries...
26 June 2015

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

LYON, France –  Gabon’s Minister of Interior, Public Security and Immigration, Guy Bertrand Mapangou, was updated on how INTERPOL’s global tools and services can further enhance national and regional security during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.With terrorism, border security and transnational organized crime hi...
22 June 2015

Traffickers arrested in Côte d’Ivoire operation targeting child trafficking and forced labour

SAN PEDRO, Côte d’Ivoire – More than 48 children have been rescued and 22 people arrested following an operation targeting child trafficking and exploitation in Côte d’Ivoire.Nearly 200 law enforcement officers from the police, gendarmerie and forestry agencies took part in Operation Akoma (1 – 6 June) which focused on the agricultural and trade sectors a...
27 May 2015

INTERPOL initiatives look to boost fight against pharmaceutical crime in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Enhancing the capacity of Mauritanian police, customs and health regulatory officials to fight counterfeit and illicit medicines was the focus of a training course held under the umbrella of INTERPOL’s Medical Products Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) programme.Involving some 40 participants, the training session wa...
22 May 2015

INTERPOL training in Ghana aims to strengthen regional police capacity in border management

ACCRA, Ghana – Law enforcement officers from across West Africa have received specialized training as part of an INTERPOL programme aimed at building policing capacity to strengthen border management.The two-week course (11 – 22 May) at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra brought together 22 law enforcement officers from im...
20 May 2015

Sudan police host INTERPOL National Environment Security Seminar

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Law enforcement agencies in Sudan have gathered to demonstrate their commitment to combating environmental crime by holding an INTERPOL National Environment Security Seminar (NESS) in Khartoum. The NESS, hosted by Sudan’s police authorities, was attended by seven Sudanese government and law enforcement agencies as well as officials from...
08 April 2015

INTERPOL meeting supports fight against drug trafficking across Africa

LYON, France – Identifying emerging smuggling routes and the role of counterfeit documents in drug trafficking across Africa is the focus of the INTERPOL meeting on Project Interflow.The two-day (8 and 9 April) annual working group meeting brings together some 70 drug investigation specialists from 30 countries as well as representatives from the World Cu...
20 February 2015

Togo police arrest suspected child rapist accused of kidnapping two girls from Benin

LOMÉ, Togo – A suspected child rapist from Niger accused of kidnapping two girls in Benin after he escaped from a Niamey prison has been arrested in Togo following international cooperation via INTERPOL.Amadou Boubacar was identified and taken into custody following a joint investigation involving police in Benin, Togo and Niger, supported by INTERPOL’s C...
12 February 2015

Uniting West African efforts to tackle illegal timber trade focus of INTERPOL workshop

LOMÉ, Togo – Enhancing cooperation between West African countries to better tackle the illegal trade in timber across the region was the focus of an INTERPOL workshop in Togo.In addition to police and forest law enforcement officers from Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal also attended the two day (10...


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