16 Aug 2013 12:01
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - Human trafficking, money laundering, cyber crime, stolen motor vehicles and illicit firearms and drugs are just some of the many issues that will take centre stage during the SARPCCO meeting which opened here on Friday.
Speaking at the opening of the three-day Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) technical extra-ordinary meeting, Deputy Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Major-General James Tjivikua raised the concern that the world is of late witnessing highly sophisticated and disturbing crimes.
He was speaking on behalf of NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
People, particularly women and children, are being trafficked across our borders on a daily basis. Dirty money is being laundered from one country to another in seconds; stolen and or hi-jacked motor vehicles are being trafficked across the borders easily; and illicit firearms and drugs exchange hands amongst criminals within our country and beyond; and the list goes on, he said.
He went on to say the extra-ordinary meeting signifies the importance of governments in the region strengthening regional and international police co-operation in the global fight against trans-national crimes.
Tjivikua paid homage to the founders of SARPCCO, which he said provides a paradigm of regional co-operation.
At the same occasion, the Head of NamPols Criminal Investigation Directorate, Commissioner Nicholas Endjala noted that criminals have become less tangible, less physical, but certainly not less dangerous in their ability to strike.
As a result, police officers are challenged to develop new approaches and strategies on how to combat the new emerging form of criminality during the next few days before they present it to their police chiefs, he indicated.
It is important to enhance our capacities and strengthen our capabilities through intelligence sharing that would enable us as law enforcement officers to deal with criminals more effectively, Endjala stressed.
SARPCCO is an organisation of Chiefs of Police of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States. It was conceived in 1994 in Swaziland during the Regional Seminar for Police Executives, before being formally established in 1995 in Zimbabwe.
In 2006, SARPCCO was recognised as the sole law enforcement structure of the SADC, an intergovernmental organisation which promotes socio-economic cooperation. The establishment of a SARPCCO police academy in one of the member countries is also on the cards.
The meeting will be followed by the SARPCCO Games 2013, which are set to take place in Windhoek from 19 to 30 August 2013.