UNODC strengthens efforts to detect and investigate transnational organized crime in Guinea-Bissau

     This activity was financed by Germany

In 2017, UNODC launched a project aiming at enhancing national capacities to detect and investigate cross-border organized crime in The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, fully funded by the Government of Germany. This initiative represents a unique opportunity to support robust regional strategies and to foster stronger regional cooperation and coordination of law enforcement authorities in order to provide an effective response to transnational organized crime in West Africa.

In this framework, UNODC organized a two-week training course, from 16 to 27 April, in Bissau, on the detection and interdiction of cross-border crime.

The training gathered 23 law enforcement officers, including 2 women, from the National Guard, the Transnational Crime Unit and the Judicial Police of Guinea Bissau and was led by a trainer from the British National Crime Agency with the support of several officers from United Nations Police, to support in-class theoretical sessions as well as practical exercises on witness interviews, informant handling, and the arrest and search of criminals.

        participants of the Forum
Participants during the meeting

The opening ceremony of the training course was attended by the Commander of the National Guard of Guinea-Bissau, the Head of the Liaison Office in Bissau of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany of Dakar, and the Head of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Section of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau ( UNIOGBIS).

Addressing the trainees, the Head of the Liaison Office of Germany in Guinea-Bissau emphasized the tight relationship between national and sub-regional security, and the challenges encountered in tackling cross-border organized crime: "From police training to the promotion of investment to academic exchange, we are convinced that a comprehensive approach is necessary to fortifying national social structures, enhancing our regional response to tackling organized crime and ultimately the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals."

Over the course of 2018, the training modules from the workshop will be replicated with counterpart agencies from the 3 target countries, in order to constitute a pool of highly-skilled officers, trained on the specificities of the detection and interdiction of cross-border crime, profiling and crime scene management techniques. In December 2017, a similar training was organized in The Gambia and comparable activities will also be implemented in Senegal.

Recognizing the difficulty of managing land and sea borders, in the framework of its Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020) and of its contribution to the common goal under SDG 16 « Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions », UNODC has set the objective to promote proactive policing by developing an intelligence-based approach to law enforcement. It further seeks to improve inter-agency coordination with a view to disrupt and dismantle activities of transnational organized crime networks involved in the broad spectrum of illicit trafficking, money laundering and serious crimes and its interlink with terrorism groups.

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UNODC launches new cross-border initiative between The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal