Local law enforcement agencies strengthen capacity in detecting, fighting trans-border crimes
Agents and officers of local law enforcement agencies have conducted a two-day special joint exercise whereby they intensified ship boarding, coastal patrols, airport luggage and body searches with emphasis made on trans-border criminal activities like human trafficking, drug smuggling, vehicle thefts, contrabands, wildlife related crimes at all points of entry as well as on the roads.
Dubbed USALAMA the exercise is the fourth of its kind and is done annually and was conducted here on Wednesday and Thursday at the same time as it was being carried out in other countries of the region which are members of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) like Seychelles.
Taking part in this USALAMA 4 were the Police, National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Customs Services, Environment Department, Port Authority, National Marine Park Authority, Marine Police and others.
The two-day operation was led by CSP Philip Cécile and he had the support of a team of other officers and agents of different police units.
“This kind of joint operation is important to help test the response speed, capacity and preparedness of the different law enforcement agencies to work together,” Mr Cécile said.
He added that the different agencies will meet to discuss the outcome of the operation next week.