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East African police body and Italy ink police co-operation deal

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- The Eastern Africa Police Chief Cooperation Organization signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Police Force (Carabinieri) to enhance cooperation in various fields of policing.

The deal was signed by the chairman of the 13-member regional police bloc known by its acronym as EAPCCO, Inspector General of Rwanda National Police Emmanuel K. Gasana and Italian police Commander General, Lt. Gen. Tullio Del Sette.

The parties committed to sharing of best practices and upgrading the capacity of police officers in varied policing fields.

The understanding was inked on the last day of a week-long meeting of security experts from Eastern Africa in Kigali.

The meeting discussed ways of maintaining stronger cooperation in combating transnational organized crimes.

Lt. Gen. Tullio said the MoU was demonstration of the seriousness, effectiveness, and determination in strengthening cooperation for a safer world.

Rwanda’s Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, said the formalized commitment between EAPCCO and Carabinieri would be valuable if the individual governments of the regional police bloc commit themselves to the implementation.

He is also the chairperson of EAPCCO Council of Ministers.

EAPCCO brings together Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.

It was formed in 1998 in Kampala, Uganda to among other things promote, strengthen and foster cooperation in fight against of cross-border and related crimes, and to formulate systematic regional training policies, according to officials.

             

 

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