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INTERPOL’s e-police information system spreads dragnet over West Africa

INTERPOL’s e-police information system spreads dragnet over West Africa
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INTERPOL has launched the first national electronic police information system for West African nations in Ghana, under a plan to better secure the sub-region.
The system was implemented in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and with funding by the European Union (EU), INTERPOL says.
According to INTERPOL, the launch ceremony was an opportunity to take stock of the WAPIS Programme’s achievements to date in the four pilot countries, including Benin, Ghana, Mali and Niger.
The West African Police Information System (WAPIS) is expected to facilitate the collection, centralisation, management, sharing and analysis of police information from national law enforcement agencies.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”INTERPOL”]“At national level, the WAPIS Programme enables participating countries to convert existing paper-based police data to a digital format so it can be inserted, together with new police data, into the national WAPIS system and easily shared among law enforcement agencies.” [/blockquote]

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At national level, the WAPIS Programme enables participating countries to convert existing paper-based police data to a digital format so it can be inserted, together with new police data, into the national WAPIS system and easily shared among law enforcement agencies.
The initiative to create a police information system for West Africa stemmed from a 2010 meeting of West African Police Chiefs, who expressed their concern over West Africa becoming a crime hub for drug trafficking, human smuggling and terrorism. After a successful implementation of the programme in the four pilot countries, the upcoming General Annual Assembly of the Western African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) is expected to endorse the full roll-out of the WAPIS Programme in all 15 ECOWAS Member States, according to INTERPOL.
The ceremony was attended by senior officials from Benin, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, ECOWAS, the European Union and INTERPOL.
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