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29 April 2016

INTERPOL training to strengthen border management in West Africa

DAKAR, Senegal – Enhancing interagency collaboration to more effectively counter transborder crime was the focus of an INTERPOL training course for West African countries.

Some 44 law enforcement officers from immigration, customs, gendarmerie, specialized units and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) from seven countries ̶  Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone   ̶   took part in two concurrent specialized border management training sessions.

The two-week  (18-29 April) course saw participants trained on INTERPOL’s policing capabilities at borders in addition to learning ways to detect migrant smuggling, document fraud, bulk cash smuggling and drug trafficking.

The course, which is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Project to Foster Stability in West Africa funded by the German Government, also covered counter-terrorism efforts, money laundering and risk profiling.

Participants also visited the Léopold-Sédar-Senghor Airport to witness first-hand the work of local and national law enforcement units in securing the border.

Seydou Bocar Yague, Director of the Senegalese Judicial Police said the project was timely, with law enforcement across the region facing numerous security challenges in the form of terrorism and trafficking in drugs, firearms and human beings.

Underlining the importance of cross agency cooperation to more effectively combat the increasingly interconnected nature of transnational crime, Mr Yague said: “Only by harmonizing our efforts are we able to develop an effective strategy to combat these threats.”

To encourage greater cross agency collaboration, training was also provided by the Ghanaian Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, Ghana Immigration service, Togo Immigration service, FormaTrain Network, the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the Inter-Governmental Action against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) as well as France’s Anti-Terrorism Sub Directorate .