This week, SEACOP Regional Coordinator for West Africa conducted an evaluation mission at the Joint Maritime Control Unit (JMCU) in the port of Freetown, Sierra Leone 🇸🇱.
The objective of this mission was to assess the capabilities of the unit, which has been trained by SEACOP. Most specifically, the goal was to identify both strengths and limitations and to outline the future steps in preparation for SEACOP Phase VI, which includes the continuation of the partnership and the need for advanced training.
The mission also presented the opportunity to convene the very first National Steering Committee meeting, in alignment with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last year between Expertise France and the Office of National Security. This formalised the implementation of SEACOP in Sierra Leone.
The meeting, chaired by the National Security Coordinator of the Office of National Security, brought together representatives from Sierra Leone’s law enforcement agencies and the SEACOP Regional Coordinator.