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 coordinating team
Mr. mubita nawa
SARPCCO Coordinator and Head of INTERPOL REGIONAL BUREAU HARARE
RB HARARE Administrative Assistant, Women Network Sub-Committee Coordinator and SARPPCO Centre of Excellence Interim Registrar
MR. OBEDIAH MPOFU
INTERPOL Regional Product Deployment Officer and Alternate Security Advisor.
REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Communication, NCB Coordination and SARPCCO Games Desks.
REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER. Environmental Crimes and Forensic Science Desks.
Mr. abel joao
REGIONAL SPECIALIZED OFFICER, Counterfeits, Works of Art and Cyber Crime 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
REGIONAL BUREAU HARARE Security Officer
Mr. whitemore kakono