ENACT Seminar – Is Africa using the UN’s convention against organised crime?

On 21 October 2022, ENACT organised a side event during the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The UNTOC is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational crime. With the need to foster international cooperation identified as a requisite to effectively tackle…

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SEACOP vessel rummage training started in Cabo Verde

SEACOP on Monday 24 October 2022 launched a 5-day advanced training on vessel rummaging in Mindelo in Sao Vicente (Cabo Verde).  Attended by 10 officers from Customs, the judicial, tax and maritime police, as well as coast guards, the training is led by two French Customs experts. The course’s opening ceremony was chaired by Mr Elton Santos,…

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Operation Trigger VIII – Debriefing meeting

On 3 and 4 October 2022, INTERPOL hosted the debriefing meeting of Operation Trigger VIII, which took place in June 2022. Supported through the GIFP’s DISRUPT action, this operation played a key role in strengthening police cooperation and regional security by enabling thousands of seizures, numerous arrests, and investigations in West and Central Africa, with…

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Emerging transatlantic maritime threats – MASIF and SEACOP present at the 24h Conference on Organized Crime

On 14 October, GIFP components MASIF and SEACOP participated in the 24-Hour Conference on Organized Crime. With more than 330 speakers from over 55 countries, and running consecutively for 25 hours, the conference brought together academics, researchers, and practitioners to exchange on the latest research on organised crime. MASIF and SEACOP presented the panel “Emerging…

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SEACOP-supported Units in TT and St Vincent seize illicit goods

On Monday, Trinidad and Tobago’s Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU), in close collaboration with St Vincent’s Maritime Intelligence Unit (MIU), realised a seizure of a number of illicit items on board of a pirogue. Earlier in October, TOCU had received intelligence suggesting that a drug and firearms trafficking network operating in Trinidad was preparing to leave…

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SEACOP launches regional maritime intelligence training and mentoring in Dakar

On Monday 17 October, SEACOP launched a 5-day training on maritime intelligence in Dakar, Senegal. The training is attended by 15 officers and agents of maritime intelligence units from 4 West African countries, including 5 participants from Senegal, 4 from Côte d’Ivoire, 3 from Togo and 3 from Benin. Maritime Intelligence Units (MIU) are multi-agency…

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General Aviation training in Ghana finalises the cycle of trainings on the Control of GA

From 3 to 7 October 2022, GIFP component COLIBRI organised an in-person training on monitoring and controlling General Aviation (GA) in Accra, Ghana. A total of 51 officials from Ghana and The Gambia participated in this week-long training.  The opening ceremony on 3 October was attended by the Deputy Commissioner of Operations from the Customs…

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SEACOP supports Paraguay’s fight against illicit maritime trafficking

This week, SEACOP kicked off a training in Maritime Intelligence targeted at the Paraguayan authorities fighting against maritime trafficking. For the next four days, officials from SENAD, Prefectura Naval and the National Police will be trained in obtaining intelligence in the maritime and river contexts. Two officers from the Colombian Police and Navy have been deployed…

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