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Interpol in Seychelles to train police in new anti-piracy techniques

For the various police forces in East African countries, modern maritime piracy is a new phenomenon that they are not ready to combat. Interpol will therefore carry out a program, mainly in Seychelles, intended to provide local police forces with means of identification, analysis and criminal investigation capabilities. This 20-month program is financed by the European Commission, which has put 1,6 million euros on the table.

Interpol officers will first ensure the supply and installation, in the Indian Ocean archipelago, of an automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) at the scientific support office. of the Seychelles Police, thus giving the possibility of being able to share resources at the international level. Another concrete project: training for police investigators for a period of 12 months, with key skills for investigation, and specialties such as drugs and fraud.

It should be noted that Interpol has just completed a one-week short training in intelligence analysis for 25 officers from the Seychelles and Mauritius, funded by UNODC (the United Nations organization for the fight against crime ).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).