Australian police teams up with African nations to build forensic capability

08:46, November 17, 2010      

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) in efforts to build networks in Africa on Tuesday donated forensic equipment to the Uganda Police Force to help it fight domestic and transnational crimes.

Tim Fisher, who is in charge of the AFP forensic project for Africa and Pakistan told reporters here that similar equipment will be given out to the other four East African countries namely Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi.

He said that apart from equipment, the AFP will, starting with East Africa, train law enforcement agencies in crime scene management.

Already police officers from the five East African countries are undergoing a two-week crime scene management training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

"We believe the most effective method to fight transnational crime is through partnership and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies," Fisher said.

Gary Wynch, AFP's senior liaison officer for Africa said that similar trainings will be carried out in Namibia for the Southern African countries in March next year.

He said the development of forensic capability by African law enforcement agencies will help countries produce credible evidence in courts of law to implicate perpetrators.

Francis Rwego, the head of International Police (Interpol) in Uganda said that the data collected can be shared with the Interpol member states in tracking down transnational criminals.

Kale Kayihura, Uganda's Inspector General of Police, said the equipment will help in quickening investigations that have some times taken years to complete.

Source: Xinhua


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