ADDIS ABABA, The Director-General of the Algerian National Police and the current chairman of the African Police Co-operation Mechanism (Afripol), Major-General Abdelghani Hamel, has called for greater co-operation between the African and international police institutions and for the strengthening of operational capacities of law enforcement authorities to carry out the peace and development process in Africa.

Addressing the 13th ordinary meeting of African heads of police at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) Commission here Tuesday, Gen. Hamel said Afripol provided a solid base to carry out the peace and lasting development process in Africa."

He added that the goal of Afripol was to elaborate strategies to fight against crime in all its forms, including terrorism, transnational crimes, violence and extremism, through the promotion of co-operation between African and international police, and the strengthening of the operational capacities of the authorities in charge of enforcing the law, as Africa currently faced various challenges and security threats.

He highlighted the need to strengthen the link between the various initiatives and mechanism of global security, recalling the positive results made in September 2017 through Afripol's participation in the works of the 19th annual general assembly of heads of police of Eastern African countries held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and which led to laying the foundations of an effective co-operation between the different African police institutions.

Afripol also took into consideration the the AU Commission's declaration of 2018 as the African Year of the Fight Against Corruption under the theme, "Winning the battle against corruption', said Gen. Hamel, who noted that Afripol placed major importance on this kind of crime, through the intensification of training cycles and its technical support for African police forces to enable them to face this scourge.


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