Port Security Project
Budget: EUR 7.8 million
Donor: European Union
Port premises serve as critical infrastructure. However, the sheer size and complexity of port facilities, along with the volume of freight handled, can make them difficult to secure.
Ports require protection to avoid the damage to the global economy that can result from disruption to supply chains and the flow of trade.
As well as protecting legitimate cargo, security is paramount for preventing the trafficking in human beings, drugs and illicit goods, terrorist attacks, and other maritime crimes.
About the Project
INTERPOL's four-year Port Security Project (PSP) is designed to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement agencies and port authorities to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to threats to port security.
The nine participating countries are located in the East African, Southern African and Indian Ocean regions (EA-SA-IO): Angola, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles and Tanzania.
The project is coordinated by the Indian Ocean Commission and implemented jointly with the UNODC and International Maritime Organization.
The Port Security Project aims to:
- Enhance know-how of law enforcement techniques regarding harbour security, installation surveillance, and checkpoint practices for the detection of narcotics.
- Develop deeper understanding of various international methodologies and procedures related to port security.
- Increase knowledge of safety and security measures for port facilities.
- Establish a regional network of well-trained port security experts.
- Extend access to INTERPOL databases, enabling countries in the region to better retrieve and disseminate vital information.
- Increase the capacity to collect, input, analyse and exchange critical sets of information that will ultimately be recorded in INTERPOL databases and information systems.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed new ways of working, the Port Security Project has continued its outreach activities with beneficiary countries.
With travel restrictions in place, much of the work that would usually be carried out in person and on the ground – such as fact-finding missions and assessments to better understand specific issues at individual ports – has been fulfilled online.
Meanwhile, an e-learning module on Interviewing and Interrogating Techniques is being developed, to allow training to be delivered even if the pandemic persists. This would include a basic introduction as well as a more advanced version that could be used as a full e-learning curriculum in the future.