Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation

SARPCCO centre of excellence

Decision 11 of the Chiefs of Police adopted the proposal for the establishment of the SARPCCO Centre of Excellence (CoE) during the 18th SARPCCO Annual General Meeting held on 15 May 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A Task Team comprising South Africa (Chair), Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Swaziland Zimbabwe and INTERPOL Regional Bureau Harare was subsequently formed to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of the SARPCCO CoE.

The 1st Task Team Meeting was held from 24 to 28 June 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. Flowing from the task team meeting was, decision four (4) of the SARPCCO Extra Ordinary Meeting of Police Chiefs held on 18 August 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia, which noted with appreciation the offers by the Republics of Angola, Namibia, Zambia and INTERPOL Regional Bureau Harare to host the CoE. The Task Team was therefore mandated to conduct site assessments on the possible location of the CoE, consider cost implications and provide recommendations to the Chiefs of Police.

The 2nd Task Team Meeting was subsequently held on 30 October 2013 at the INTERPOL Regional Bureau, Harare during which Angola, Namibia and Zambia communicated their withdrawal for hosting the CoE. South Africa later communicated her withdrawal from the bid, leaving INTERPOL Regional Bureau as the only location of choice for the CoE.

Since the establishment of SARPCCO the following curricula were developed and approved by the Chiefs of Police and have been implemented according to regional training needs and priorities as guided by the Training Sub Committee:

  1.  Vehicle Crime Investigators’ Course
  2. Counter Terrorism Course
  3. Firearms and Cross Border Operations Course
  4. Criminal Intelligence Gathering and Analysis Course
  5. Generic Commercial Crimes Course
  6. Computer Crime Investigators’ Course
  7. Stock Theft Investigators’ Course
  8. Vehicle Clearance Officers’ Course
  9. Code of Conduct and Human Rights Course
  10. HIV and AIDS Course
  11. Middle Management Course
  12. Investigation of Drug Trafficking and Identification of chemical equipment
  13. Trafficking in Human Beings’ Course
  14. VIP Protection Course
  15. Small Arms and Light Weapons Course
  16. Violent and Serious Crimes Course
  17. Border and Entry Point Control Course
  18. Command and Leadership Course for Senior Police Women
  19. Diamond, Gold and other Precious Minerals Course
  20. Train the Trainer’s Course
  21. Emerging Women Commander’s Course
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