SADC police chiefs meet in Windhoek
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Sebastian Ndeitunga, Inspector-General of Namibian Police, said the meeting would discuss security concerns such as drug trafficking, terrorism, motor vehicle theft, illicit drug trafficking and other illegal matters.
“We will map out strategies to fight criminal activities in the region and beyond,” said Ndeitunga.
The meeting will start tomorrow (Monday) with the meetings of the directors of criminal investigation services, legal and training committees as well as the SARPCCO Women Network Sub-Committee and heads of forensic science working group from all the SARPCCO member countries.
Ndeitunga said the meetings will prepare reports on their activities to be presented to the Council of Police Chiefs’ meeting schedulled for 4-5 August.
This will be followed by the meeting of the SARPCCO Council of Ministers on 6 August
This is the second time Namibia is hosting the SARPCCO annual general meeting, after it hosted the first AGM in 1996 at Swakopmund.
SARPCCO was formed in 1995, at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The body has firmly established itself as a benchmark for international police co-operation. The chairpersonship of the organisation rotates among its member countries on an annual basis. Namibia will assume the chair from the outgoing chair, Zambia.
Namibia also hosted the fifth meeting of the heads of Interpol National Central Bureax (NCBs) on Friday.
Interpol and SARPCCO were both formed to combat transnational crime. However, the difference is that SARPCCO is a sub-regional structure, while Interpol is the largest international police organisation with 186 member countries.
Interpol facilitates cross-border co-operation and supports all organisations whose mission is to prevent or combat crime.