ECOWAS members urged to work with InterpolMay 21, 2011
ECOWAS member states have been urged to collaborate with the general secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in sensitizing regional police forces to secure international police cooperation in the fight against crime.
This was one of the decisions of the two-day meeting of West African Police Chiefs Committee’s (WAPCCO) sub-committees for training and coordination, at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the meeting, Lieutenant Colonel Dieng Abdulrahman, Head of Division of Regional Security in the Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, also urged member states to ratify the regional Protocol establishing the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau, which was adopted by ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in October 2005.
The committees noted that the sensitization would enable the forces to imbibe best practices in providing effective security in the region against the background of new trends in crime.
Participants highlighted the benefits of joint police operations in the fight against transnational crime and urged member states to strengthen their capacity in tackling security problems in the region.
They also recommended that WAPCCO should agree on another country to host the Regional Bureau of INTERPOL for West Africa, previously based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in order to facilitate the normal functioning of the structure for regional police cooperation.
Civilians, police, gendarmerie and military personnel from the ECOWAS Commission and Member States attended the meeting, the first of two preparatory meetings ahead of WAPCCO’s forthcoming general assembly.
WAPCCO is a specialized institution of ECOWAS empowered to identify trends and patterns of crime, organize conferences and meetings to discuss regional collaboration, establish and nurture contacts with different law-enforcement authorities and assist in sharing best practices.Tweet