KHARTOUM, Sudan – Addressing the 20th Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) General Assembly, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock underlined the importance of regional and global connectivity for effective law enforcement.
As part of INTERPOL’s commitment to the region, Secretary General Stock said the launch of the I-ONE project earlier this year will see the modernization of 31 National Central Bureaus (NCBs) throughout Africa, more than half of which are in EAPCCO countries.
The project will also see frontline police at border control points given access to INTERPOL’s secure global police communications network, I-24/7. This will enable officers to check vital police information in INTERPOL’s databases to better detect criminals and criminal activity.
In addition to technological assistance, Secretary General Stock also highlighted the ongoing operational support provided by INTERPOL to member countries, in particular the recent Operation Sawiyan in Sudan.
Nearly 100 victims of human trafficking and migrant smuggling were rescued in the INTERPOL-coordinated operation involving some 200 Sudanese officers.
With biometrics playing an increasingly important role in security, the INTERPOL Chief said the Organization would continue to proactively deploy teams to help national authorities gather data, as well as provide the necessary training, equipment and expertise to boost these efforts.
In his addresses to the Ministers and the Chiefs of Police, Secretary General Stock emphasized the Organization’s regional coordination role, with initiatives such as Project ENACT: enhancing Africa’s capacity to respond more effectively to transnational organized crime.
Under this project, INTERPOL is partnering with national law enforcement agencies to produce the INTERPOL Strategic Assessment on Serious and Organized Crime in the Eastern African region.