Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation

The Coordination Office

The Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Coordination Organisation (SARPCCO) was formed in 1995 outside the SADC Structure and had its own constitution, structures and working independently from SADC. This has been due to the fact that the Police Sector at SADC was not addressing issues of Transnational Organised Crime (T.O.C) but rather specialising in Peace Support Operations (P.S.O). INTERPOL had established an INTERPOL Regional Bureau for Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe. It was deemed relevant and cost effective for SARPCCO to work together with INTERPOL to reduce duplication of resources. Therefore, the agreement was that officers who had been seconded to INTERPOL will be availed to assist in coordinating SARPCCO Activities.

The SADC Summit held in Maseru, the Kingdom of Lesotho on 17-18 August 2006, directed that SARPCCO be fully integrated into SADC structure and approved the creation of the Police Chiefs Sub Committee under the Inter State, Defence and Security Committee (I.S.D.S.C) of the SADC Organ.

In 2009, The SADC Treaty was amended to include Ministers responsible for “foreign affairs, defence, public security, state security and Police (Article 10A (4). The SADC Protocol  on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation was amended to include SARPCCO as one of ISDSC Sub-Committee, along the Defence, State Security and public Security. Articles 1, 5 and 7 of the Protocol were amended  in that regard. SARPCCO Constitution was also amended to align it with the SADC structures, it became an annexure to the SADC Protocol  on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation.

Cognisant of the fact that SARPCCO cannot operate without the assistance of INTERPOL, in terms of secure communication systems, different Databases that are very important to the police during their daily work and operations, SADC entered into agreement with INTERPOL to coordinate issues of SARPCCO and continue to operate from INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Head of the Bureau is the SARPCCO Coordinator.

Meet the SARPCCO coordinating team

Mr. mubita nawa



RB HARARE Administrative Assistant, Women Network Sub-Committee  Coordinator and SARPPCO Centre of Excellence Interim Registrar


INTERPOL Regional Product Deployment Officer and  Alternate Security Advisor.

Jeannett haufiku

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Financial & High Tech Crimes and SARPCCO Games Desks.

thabsile nxumalo

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER. Environmental Crimes and Stock Theft Desks

Mr. abel joao

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Communication, NCB Coordination, Stolen & Lost Travel Documents Desks.

Mr. simon musora

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Operations, Motor-Vehicle Theft and Training Desks.

Mr. ignatius nangombe

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Anti-Terrorism and Maritime Piracy, Fire-arms and Crime Intelligence Desks.

Mr. Patrick Muringa


Mr. Phiwa Nhlengetfwa

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Cyber Crime, Drugs and Forensic Sciences Desks

Alekunda urio

REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Trafficking in Human Beings, Legal Affairs Desks

Mr. whitemore kakono


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