UNODC holds capacity building workshop for Togolese judicial police officers in the context of the fight against terrorism

19-10-2020

LOME   About twenty Togolese judicial police officers working along the border areas and in the capital city with proven experience in criminal investigations participated in a training session aimed at strengthening their capacities.

The training allowed the officers to deepen their knowledge of international police cooperation, mechanisms of coordination and cooperation between judicial authorities and intelligence services, and military intelligence services in the field of the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime.

 

The workshop was held from 13 to 15 October meeting all the barrier measures required in the context of COVID-19, with experts from UNODC and INTERPOL leading the remote online activities.

This workshop comes within the framework of the technical assistance provided by UNODC in Togo under the project entitled "Capacity Building of the West Africa Working Group of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum" co-chaired by Germany and Algeria. This training on international police cooperation is also the result of prior national consultations with Togo, conducted by the Terrorism Prevention Unit of the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

At the end of the workshop, the head of the Togolese delegation noted that these 3 days of exchanges and sharing allowed participants to deepen their knowledge on the fight against terrorism and transnational crime, and provided them with the necessary tools in this field.

The Minister of Security and Civil Protection also reiterated his thanks for the interest shown by UNODC in Togo within the framework of these various workshops and encouraged UNODC to continue conducting training sessions on counter-terrorism.

Support to West and Central African countries is a priority for UNODC, given the expansion of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Islamic State (IS) and other armed groups within sub-Saharan African countries.

In view of the increasing threat in the Sahel and along the borders of some coastal states, UNODC has developed a program of enhanced assistance for the most affected countries, and those that are prey to being affected. This program is intended to respond to the transnational crime challenges faced by West African countries through the implementation of capacity building actions for national actors in the penal chain, including judges, prosecutors, police and gendarmes.

UNODC intends to continue to support Togo in the implementation of its action plans to fight terrorism, particularly with regard to criminal justice responses based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. 

This workshop is funded by a generous contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany.