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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Call for police forces in EA to cooperate in combating crime

17th April 2012

East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) chairman, who is also Rwandan Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel Gasana has urged police chiefs in the region to cooperate in timely tracking of crime.

IGP Gasana made the call yesterday in Dar es Salaam ahead of his two-day tour in the country to evaluate implementation of resolutions reached by the police chiefs last year in Kigali, Rwanda.

He hinted that drug and human trafficking was on the increase in the region, while terrorism threats and car-jacking was rampant across the region.

“We have two major crimes in the region which call for community policing and a trans-border organization such as EAPCCO,” he said.

The chairman pointed out further that crimes related to gender-based violence, disaster management and rape were likely to be handled by good governance, good ideology and community policing, unlike piracy and cyber crimes which need e-policing and collective security in the region.

He said the network of information used by criminals was so complex that it requires more initiatives to fast-track valid information clues with a view to giving correct solutions.

“Imagine a criminal who steals using the internet, or one who may steal your car tonight but in a short time you get to hear that it has been seized somewhere in Zambia," he said, insisting that cooperation, speed and technology were important elements in fighting crimes in the region.

For his part, Tanzania's Commissioner of Police (Operations) Paul Chagonja standing in for IGP Said Mwema, said the country had made good efforts in combating various crimes in the country.

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