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07 February 2011

INTERPOL/UNODC analysis training boosts East Africa capacity to investigate maritime piracy

SEYCHELLES – A criminal intelligence analysis training course, designed to build capacity of police in East Africa to combat maritime piracy was held from 31 January to 5 February at the Seychelles Police Academy.

The week-long course is part of the joint international efforts of INTERPOL, the world’s largest police organization, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Programme to support regional law enforcement agencies in their analytical capacities as part of international efforts against maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean.

A total of 25 officers from all major units of Seychelles and Mauritius Law Enforcement Agencies, including members of the Seychelles Coast Guard participated in the intelligence training module, the first of three phases which will include capacity building and continuous mentoring.

Delivered by internationally experienced trainers from INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France and its Regional Bureau in Kenya, the course included practical exercises in developing the best methods to analyse large amounts of criminal data, essential in identifying high value targets of maritime piracy and in enabling investigators to follow ransom money trails.

The project, which will see a harmonization of analytical capability across the region to assist senior officials, is a response to the increase in piracy incidents in the Horn of Africa and off the coast of East Africa and the significant number of pirates now in custody in Kenya and Seychelles.

Joel Morgan, Minister for Home Affairs, Environment and Transport and Seychelles Commissioner of Police, Ernest Quatre attended the official closing of the course on Saturday.