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Federal Police Discuss Technical Support with GIZ, DCAF

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Federal Police Commission (FPC) officials on Tuesday met with a technical assistant Unit delegation of the European Union in support of criminal justice reforms in Ethiopia.

The delegation includes representatives from GIZ, a German development agency, and Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), an intergovernmental foundation-based think tank.

During the meeting, Federal Police Commissioner-General Demelash G/Micahel spoke about the FPC’s activities in the past three years in the framework of the nation’s Security Sector Reform strategy.

A number of reforms have been made to ensure human rights, which received “constructive recognition” from the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, he added.

The Commissioner-General also took the opportunity to thank the delegation for its continuous support for FPC including the Cellebrite investigative advanced machine support from DCAF.

“Thanks to such technological capacity, several works have been done to prevent crimes related to terrorism,” he added.

FPC’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been working to formulate a forensic strategy from scratch and that such supports are welcome to achieve its goals and vision, its official said adding the government is providing more technologies including DNA machines to support its investigative capabilities.

On behalf of the technical assistant Unit, Neil Page applauded the Commissioner-General’s effort to modernize and strengthen the Bureau of Investigation.

His team also pledged to support the Ethiopian Federal Police with equipment and training in areas of DNA, Explosive Analysis, Toxicology, Firearms/ballistics, and Forensic Accounting.

Finally, both parties reach an agreement to establish a study group in ten working days from the Ethiopian Federal Police and DCAF to assess the needs of the institutions.