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19 April 2018

African police address organized crime under Project ENACT

NAIROBI, Kenya – Building knowledge and skills to enhance Africa’s response to transnational organized crime is the focus of a meeting by senior police officials meeting under Project ENACT.

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

To combat the rise of organized crime in Africa, adopting proactive strategies to fight cross-border crime, improve police investigations and exchange information are key issues for the participants from 25 countries from East and Southern Africa.

Topics at the two-day (18 and 19 April) meeting will focus on the importance of criminal intelligence analysis when tackling organized crime in Africa which includes illicit arms flows, wildlife trafficking and corruption.

EntitledUnderstanding and Countering Organized Crime in Africa with Criminal Intelligence Analysis, the meeting is also attended by experts and the EU delegation to Kenya.

The ENACT project is the first of its kind to cover the entire African continent to analyse the scale of organized crime and its impact on security, governance and development. The analysis will serve as a basis for decision-makers and strengthened law enforcement cooperation at regional and continental levels.

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 intelligence 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 analyst at each of the four INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in Africa;
  • Bringing together heads of analytical units across Africa.

Funded by the European Union, ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies and INTERPOL, in association with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

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