By Abraham Kizza
The Interpol Secretary General, Mr. Jurgen Stock has commended the Uganda Police Force for it's contribution to the Interpol over the years especially it's support for joint effort in the recent operations such as USALAMA and FAGIA.
Interpol, together with Uganda police have been working hand in hand in several operations with the recent being impounding of various fake products circulating on market during an operation dubbed 'OPERATION FAGIA'.
Last Friday, the Director Interpol and International Relations Uganda Police AIGP. Fred Yiga, who cautioned Ugandans about these products, said that a number of fake products including macaronis (spaghetti), televisions, oil lubricants, mattresses, Gillette products, pirated books and memory sticks were confiscated in the operation.
According to Police, it is through this support that Uganda has been awarded funding for the establishment of a national criminal intelligence analysis unit which shall be managed by the directorates of Criminal Investigations Department, Crime Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Forensics and Interpol an arrangement that has already seen 11 Crime Intelligence Officers undertaking the required training.
This was revealed at the 14th Annual Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCB), Conference of the International Criminal Police Organisation, Interpol held in Lyon, France on Friday.
The Ugandan Police Force represented by AIGP. Fred Yiga presented the need to support the coordination of national, regional, inter regional, International operations, promotion of Interpol policing capabilities, cooperation and maintenance of good relationships with all law enforcement, participation and taking active role in sharing critical information on human trafficking and sensitisation to promote the use of Interpol policing capabilities in respective member countries.
“The conference serves as a platform for fostering international collaboration in fighting transnational organised crime. A total of 192 states have taken part to expound on issues of cross border crime and the need for more collaboration between stakeholders,” Police said.
At the conference, the Interpol Secretary General Mr. Jurgen Stock was tasked to engage with, assist member countries to extend the i24/7 systems in order to accommodate the ever increasing issues of porous borders and the cross border crime that goes with it, closely follow up on legislative developments at national and regional level on the protection of data in the police sector and to promote the introduction of national legislation on data protection in the police sector.
ABOUT NCB CONFERENCE
The Annual Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCB, Conference) is a meeting that provides a unique opportunity for senior police officers to discuss issues on a global level.
This event brings together the Heads of Interpol’s National Central Bureaus from around the world to share information, exchange ideas and best practices and be updated on the latest activities and allow participants to discuss policing challenges common to their regions.