Kenya has Friday pledged to continue supporting INTERPOL in its activities in the country, region and globally.
It has also resolved to strengthen cooperation with other member countries and cooperating partners in empowering law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i was speaking at the 22nd East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) Annual General Meeting when he said that Kenya will also continue working closely with neighbours in the best interests of the countries and people.
CS Matiang’i further appreciated the INTERPOL’s EAC project funded by the European Union which aims to modernize the National Central Bureaus as well as enhance the extension of INTERPOL tools to border points and to other law enforcement agencies.
In the same breath, Matiang’i welcomed the efforts made in operationalising AFRIPOL noting that the Kenyan office is up and running at the NCB Nairobi DCI Headquarters.
The CS on cross-border interactions said that local challenges cannot be resolved without cooperation among neighbouring countries.
“In the fast-evolving security landscape, creating a critical infrastructure with candid conversations and agreement on policies and procedures among agencies has become a necessity rather than an option. Therefore, regional alliances are essential to effectively combat rising cross-border crime,” he said.
Matiang’i also noted that police leaders working together are not only symbolic but it sets the tone for expectations for handling everything.
“It is also incumbent upon us to create and provide training that will ensure seamless, unified responses to large multijurisdictional incidents by using clearly defined guidelines. Further, we must step up our collaboration and ensure coordination of responses that supports the policies and missions of individual agencies while creating an effective and unified law enforcement presence in the region,” he concluded.
The Annual General Meeting was attended by Chiefs of Police/representatives from the following EAPCCO member countries; Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
In attendance was also the INTERPOL Secretary General, Jürgen STOCK and staff from the General Secretariat, Special Representative of INTERPOL to the African Union and the Heads of INTERPOL Regional Bureaus from Harare, Yaoundé and Abidjan.
The following EAPCCO Cooperating partners were also in attendance; The African Union Commission (AUC), AFRIPOL, East Africa Community (EAC), European Union (EU), Institute for Security Studies (ISS), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), EU-Regional Law Enforcement for the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen, BKA Germany Embassy Kenya, Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence (RCToE), African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), FACEBOOK and Cyber Security Limited.