In the complex landscape of global trafficking, Africa plays a pivotal role as a transit point for illicit goods originating from Latin America. Despite national and regional efforts, the trafficking of illicit goods persists along these established air routes due to law enforcement gaps and corruption. Recognising this critical challenge, AIRCOP partnered with INTERCOPS of the Brazilian Federal Police, in an effort to enhance international law enforcement cooperation.
The comprehensive two-week training course (4-15 September 2023), hosted at the São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport in Brazil brought together officers of AIRCOP’s Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs) from Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, and Nigeria. This activity focused on providing insights into global trafficking trends, interdiction techniques, and emphasised the significance of international cooperation in countering illicit trafficking. Beyond imparting valuable technical knowledge and skills, the program aimed to instil a commitment among officers to share acquired knowledge with their peers in their respective JAITFs.
Under AIRCOP these activities continue to enhance airport capabilities transregionally, enabling the identification and interception of high-risk individuals and cargo, significantly contributing to the fight against transnational organised crime via air. This collaborative endeavour demonstrates the commitment and joint efforts of partners to address the threat of illicit trafficking.
For additional information on AIRCOP visit the dedicated project page.