Ethiopian, Somalian Police Sign Coop Deal to Tackle Transnational Crimes 

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP) and its Somalian counterpart on Friday agreed to collaborate in the fight against transnational crimes including human trafficking.

Federal Police Commissioner-General Demelash Gebremikael signed the cooperation deal with his Somalian counterpart Maj-Gen Abdi Mohamad in Addis Ababa.

As per the agreement, the two law enforcement agencies will jointly work in the prevention and control of transnational crimes.  

Their collaboration will particularly focus on fighting against terrorism, human trafficking, and illicit arms traffic, EFP said in a statement.

The agreement also pave way for Somalian police officers to pursue their education at Ethiopian Police University.

More than 40 Somalian Police officers will soon join the University to attend their undergraduate and postgraduate programs, said Com-Gen Demelash. 

The deal was signed on the sideline of the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation or EAPCCO’s 24th general meeting.

The five-day-long meeting concluded a day after it elected Com-Gen Demelash to lead the EAPCCO – a regional police body whose membership consists of Chiefs of Police of the 14 countries.

Featured Image: Com-Gen Demelash (R) and his Somalian counterpart Maj-Gen Abdi signed the agreement on Dec 9, 2022.[Photo EFP]

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