Ministers with police in their dockets and Chiefs of Police from the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) member states, yesterday visited the police officers from various African countries currently participating in the all-African ‘cyber-enabled crime table top exercise’ at Kigali Conference and exhibition Village to witness the expected impact of the joint-play in responding to transnational and emerging crimes on the continent.
The five-day-exercise play code-named “Exercise Cyber Tracks” was organized by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with Interpol to combine classroom teaching and practical implementation of acquired skills and knowledge to address the practical challenges necessary to undertake cyber-crime investigations.
“To solve this case, investigators are required to use their investigation skills to think about what information they need and; this might be an extraction from a mobile phone, text messages, the missing girl could have been recruited over the internet, how it started, where it started from, country of destination…so we try to explore all avenues and procedures through which a victim can be lured, until the suspect is tracked and arrested, and the victim rescued,” the exercise coordinator said.
“This exercise, therefore presents a precedence that each country or police institution will require support information from the other and will need to conduct an operation in another country; to do that requires mutual cooperation with one another so that your sister institutions can as well conduct that operation in your name,” CP Namuhoranye said.
“By the end of this joint-play, we will have a general understanding that cooperation is not an option… it’s a must to learn from each other, investigate, locate, break criminal networks, apprehended and extradite criminals to countries where they are wanted to face justice,” he noted.
Mathew Simon, a digital crime officer at the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, who is one of the exercise controllers, noted that human trafficking is a pernicious worldwide crime and very serious which targets the most vulnerable in a society.
Close to 100 participants from different African countries are taking in the fourth exercise-play to be conducted in Rwanda.