By Fred Kiva
KHARTOUM. The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has called for greater cooperation among Police Chiefs in the region to effectively fight transnational organized crimes.
“Cooperation remains one of the most significant tools available to Police in the fight against transnational organized crimes. In the face of growing globalization, technological advancement, regional economic blocs that advocate for greater integration, the blurring of national borders and many other well intended policies, criminals have increasingly found it easy to operate in the international arena,” Ochola said on Tuesday in Khartoum, Sudan during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Police Chiefs Retreat of the Eastern African Police Chiefs Cooperation organization (EAPCCO).
The President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir opened the retreat which was chaired by IGP Okoth Ochola.
The Police Chiefs are in Khartoum to discuss law enforcement challenges affecting the region and to formulate strategies for better cooperation in the face of growing global and regional security threats.
Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, called on his colleagues to look into the issue of technology that criminals are constantly using to carry out their dirty 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 setting foot there,” Ochola noted.
The retreat provides a rare opportunity for Police Chiefs to discuss critical security matters at both multilateral and bilateral. It’s under the theme; “Security Challenges in the East and Horn of Africa and their impact on the Regional Stability.”
Today (Wednesday) Okoth Ochola will chair the 20th EAPCCO Annual General Meeting.