Interpol to set up Kenya office
28 June 2014, 10:37
Nairobi - International police organization Interpol on Friday
said that it is planning to expand its presence in Eastern Africa so as
help national governments combat poaching and other forms of
Assistant Director of Environmental Security David Higgins said that
Interpol will deploy more personnel at its regional bureau in Kenya by
the end of October.
"We want to stimulate the follow of intelligence, so that we can
defeat the criminal networks, who are now using modern technology to
escape detection," Higgins said during a media round table at the UN
He said that China, Brazil, Netherlands, France are among the
countries that will provide personnel to boost responses to
Higgins noted that eliminating poaching is not only about more foot
soldiers on game reserves and national parks but increasingly about the
efficient use of available resources.
He added that Interpol is aware that environmental crimes pose a serious transnational law enforcement challenge.
"Unfortunately, national and regional responses to environmental
crime are not usually accorded sufficient budgetary resources despite
their growing threat," he said.
"As such the international donor community should consider establishing an environmental law enforcement fund," Higgins said.
He added that the international nature of wildlife crime which
involves source, transit and destination countries calls for a global
response to combating the vice.
The global police body is well placed to support international enforcement efforts due to its global reach.
Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES)
Secretary General John Scanlon said that only an inter-agency national
law enforcement collaboration will eliminate wildlife crimes.
He urged eastern Africa to develop an environmental security task
force so allow for greater cooperation. CITES noted that the eastern
African region needs long sustainable investments and commitments.
"This will enable countries in the region to more effectively
exchange law enforcement information and intelligence. The aim is to
conduct a real-time joint investigations and operations which drive
positive impacts against criminal networks," he said.
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