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Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organized crime

Africa has enjoyed increasing stability and rising economic growth in recent decades, but this has also facilitated cross-border criminal activity across the continent.

To combat the rise of organized crime in Africa, INTERPOL is part of Project ENACT: enhancing Africa’s capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organized crime. Implemented under the umbrella of the European Union (EU) Pan-African Programme, the three-year project (2017-2019) works to mitigate the impact of transnational organized crime on development, governance, security and the rule of law in Africa.

The project seeks to build a comprehensive knowledge base on the role of organized crime in Africa based on monitoring and evidence-based analysis to inform policy decisions, and to boost the skills and capacity of key African stakeholders to better respond to transnational crime threats.

INTERPOL’s role in the project is to assist police in Africa to adopt proactive strategies to combat organized crime threats, facilitate information exchange and improve their investigative skills, through:

  • Criminal analysis training and mentoring;
  • Extending access to INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure global police communications system in selected countries;
  • Providing equipment to targeted countries to set up analytical units;
  • Locating a criminal intelligence analysis at each of the four INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in Africa;
  • Creating a secure analysis platform;
  • Bringing together heads of analytical units across Africa.

The ENACT project is funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL and the Institute for Security Studies, in partnership with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. It is the first development-focused project which covers the entire African continent.

INTERPOL has developed a criminal intelligence analysis training programme for law enforcement officers across Africa, designed to build their investigative capacity. Training courses will be held in different countries to provide junior intelligence analysts and field investigators with the skills to analyse large amounts of data from a variety of sources and turn it into accurate, actionable intelligence. Classroom sessions will be combined with practical exercises and simulations allowing participants to apply their new skills to real-life situations.

Several courses will include a ‘train-the-trainer’ aspect aimed at police academy instructors, so they can integrate criminal analysis training into their national police training curricula.  

The first three workshops were held in May and July 2017 in Cotonou, Benin, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and Libreville, Gabon. A total of 64 officers from nine countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Mali and Togo) participated in the sessions. Topics discussed included the intelligence cycle, offender group analysis, case/comparative case analysis, financial analysis, analysis of telephone communications and more.

Additional training workshops will be held during 2017.