ECOWAS advised to partner with INTERPOL in crime control

08:27, May 23, 2011      

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states have been urged to collaborate with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) in its fight against crime within the sub-region.

The call was made in a statement issued on Saturday at the end of a two-day meeting of the Training and Coordination sub- Committees of the West African Police Chiefs Committees (WAPCCO), just-ended in Abuja.

It urged member states to collaborate with INTERPOL in sensitizing regional police forces on the need to fight crime.

The statement added that the sensitization effort would enable the police forces to imbibe best practices in providing effective security in the region against the background of new trends in crime.

It quoted Brig.-Gen. Mahamane Toure, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, as calling for collaboration among police forces and information agencies to encourage pre-emptive operations.

Toure also called on the police chiefs to develop a framework for encouraging member states to endorse the protocol on creation of the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau, which was adopted by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in October, 2005.

The sub-committees 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, Cote d'Ivoire.

They said that would facilitate the normal functioning of the structure for regional police cooperation.

Source: Xinhua
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