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]