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18 January 2014

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

LYON, France – Zanzibar’s Commissioner of Police Hamdan Omari Makame has met with INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin to discuss international security issues affecting Zanzibar and to seek support from the world police body to enhance security and safety in the region.

The meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters follows the first INTERPOL Evidence Exploitation Initiative (EVEXI) anti-piracy case coordination meeting held in Zanzibar in October 2013 which saw the creation of the first piracy Joint Investigation Team (JIT) between Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania in Zanzibar.

During their visit to INTERPOL, Commissioner of Police Makame and his delegation were also briefed on INTERPOL’s current activities to support member countries in combating all forms of transnational crimes, including terrorism, maritime crime, drug trafficking and wildlife crime. The delegation included Assistant Superintendent Shagihilu Nteminyanda from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Dar-Es-Salaam.

With the Zanzibar Police Commissioner’s office falling under the Tanzania Police Force, Commissioner Makame said: “I once again appreciate the continued cooperation which has been always provided by INTERPOL to Tanzania on different initiatives. The Tanzania Police Force will continue cooperating and supporting INTERPOL in the fight against transnational organized crime.”

The visitors were also given an overview of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Training initiatives and visited its Command and Coordination Centre.