KHARTOUM– The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola on Tuesday argued region Police Chiefs to join hands against transnational crime saying it is the only remaining option to curb the escalating criminality.
Chairing the Eastern African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO), an umbrella body for Police Chiefs in the region opened by Sudanese President Omar-al-Bashir in capital Khartoum, Ochola also argued the adaptation of technological advancement by regional police
“Cooperation remains one of the most significant tools available to Police in the fight against transnational organised crimes,” the IGP said.
He added that as the region seeks to grow with well-intended policies, including advancements in technology, regional economic blocs that advocate for greater integration and the blurring of national borders criminals have increasingly found it easy to operate in the international arena.
Police Chiefs retreat in Khartoum will see them discuss key among others issues, law enforcement challenges affecting the region, formulate strategies for better cooperation in the face of growing global and regional security threats
Under the retreat theme “security challenges in the east and horn of Africa and their impact on the regional stability”, IGP Ochola argued fellow police commanders look into issues of technology that criminals are constantly using to carry to execute their missions.
“A criminal, either acting alone or in cahoots with others dotted across the globe has the ability to commit crimes in multiple installations at the same time without even stepping foot there,” Ochola warned.
The retreat provides an opportunity for Police Chiefs to discuss critical security matters at both multilateral and bilateral.
Ochola will Wednesday 12 chair the 20th EAPCCO Annual General Meeting in capital Khartoum, Sudan.