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TERRORISM: Rwanda To Host East Africa Police Joint Drills

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link geneva;”>The joint exercises dubbed “Solidarity” will be in the frame work to promote partnerships and readiness to combat emerging crimes that are a threat to the region.

medications geneva;”>It will harmonize Police practices and procedures to improve EAPCCO members’ collective capability to combat cross-border and transnational crimes.

Speaking at the a two day preparatory meeting, the Inspector General of Police and the current EAPCCO chairman Emmanuel K. Gasana noted that it was imperative that the EAPCCO members pursue a policy of collective security if the region is to efficiently fight security threats that affect the region.

“We need to share, collaborate and work jointly to better police our people,” IGP Gasana said.

He highlighted terrorism, human trafficking and small arms proliferation as some of the transnational crimes that are on the rise.

Gasana further noted that while security organs tend to stick to routine, criminals were exploring every single opportunity to destabilize the region.

“As crimes get sophisticated by the day we cannot afford to do things routinely,” Gasana pointed out.

The exercise, which is slated for August this year, will focus on human trafficking, counter terrorism and peace support operations.

Gasana called for the need to have standard operating procedures for all EAPCCO’s member states which require training to understand what needs to be done.

“We cannot move on when there is still the concept of every man for himself,” He added.

Gasana recently traveled to Uganda where he held meetings with his Ugandan counterpart Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura over cross border crimes.

The duo later inspected security at the border with Rwanda and Congo with the view of strengthening mechanisms of tightening security there.

Gasana appreciated the commitment and the will from members’ states to collaborate and combat transnational organized crimes.

The Interpol Regional Bureau chief, Francis Rwego noted the importance of sharing experience and best practices in combating crimes. He urged participants to always share criminal information so that no safe havens are created by criminals.

“You should test Interpol tools and services as they are meant to be utilized in tracing and apprehending fugitives,” Rwego noted.

The two day meeting is the second preparatory workshop after a previous one which took place in April.

A third and final preparatory meeting is slated for August before the joint exercises begins

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