CRIMJUST Publication of the Outcome Document "Institutional Integrity of Law Enforcement Agencies dealing with Organized and Drug Related Crime in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa"

Following the Inter-Regional workshop under the main topic of "Institutional Integrity: A key building block in strengthening criminal investigation and cooperation along the Cocaine Route", held in Panama City from 31 January to 1 February 2017, national stakeholders from nine countries (Cabo-Verde, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama and Peru) agreed on an outcome document that will set the priority actions for implementation of the programme.

The workshop was organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN), with support from UNODC experts from the Vienna Headquarters and Regional Office of West and Central Africa (ROSEN), and with the participation of Transparency International.  It was the first of a series of workshops under the CRIMJUST Programme, aimed at increasing knowledge about measures to strengthen integrity and accountability, sharing experiences and lessons learned from different countries, and identifying priority areas for further engagement under the CRIMJUST Programme.

CRIMJUST is now publishing the following Outcome Document, which outlines the progress made during the workshop, while defining the main elements that will require further support from Member States. The Outcome Document outlines the agreements reached by the participants, which are divided in to three sections; a) ensuring staff integrity, b) ensuring transparency and standard operating procedures (SOPs), and c) ensuring accountability mechanism, in anti-drug units. The document also provides further information regarding the workshop. It is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by EU Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime. For more information:

-  European Union "Cocaine Route Programme"

Transparency International

INTERPOL

-   UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN)