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21 February 2012 - Media release

Combating terrorism and maritime piracy across Horn of Africa focus of INTERPOL training

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Enhanced use of INTERPOL’s tools and services to boost member countries’ ability to combat terrorism and maritime piracy across the Horn of Africa and beyond is the focus of an INTERPOL capacity building programme which has opened in Tanzania.

The two-week session (20 Feb – 2 Mar) organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate brings together 27 law enforcement officials from 11 countries involved in transnational investigations into terrorism and maritime piracy.

Opening the programme, Tanzania’s Minister of Home Affairs, Shamsi Vuai Nahodha said the diversity of the participants would enable a wider sharing of knowledge and expertise.

“Terrorism and piracy are organized transnational crimes that do not respect political borders and are complex aspects to deal with. It requires well trained personnel and modern communication equipment for exchanging intelligence, conducting investigations and establishing databases. This training will address these needs as participants will be equipped with the tactics and techniques for dealing with these complex aspects,” said Minister Nahodha.

With the course – and two further sessions targeting the Asian and Sahel regions - supported by Canada, attending the opening ceremony Canada’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Robert Orr said the session ‘would be essential in developing the effectiveness of law enforcement nationally and internationally, with the course participants becoming part of a network to more effectively operate and fight transnational crime.’

Thanking Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police, Said Ally Mwema for hosting the course, Jean-François Gadeceau of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate said the programme “will provide participants with the opportunity to share their realities of tackling terrorism and maritime piracy, and to learn and share from these experiences.”

“It will also give them with the necessary knowledge to better use INTERPOL’s tools in the fight against international crime, and how through the organization’s global systems they can help others work more effectively and efficiently,” added Mr Gadeceau.

The two-week course will include a variety of instruction modules, exchanges and practical exercises in three main areas:

  • INTERPOL’s tools available through the I-24/7 secure global communications network
  • co-operation between specialized units and National Central Bureaus
  • knowledge and skills on concrete ways to combat terrorism.

Countries taking part in this first INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Counter-Terrorism for the Horn of Africa are Comores, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen.