COPES workshop in Dakar in partnership with the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Project AIRCOP

21 April 2016

From 15 to 17 February 2016, a COPES workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal, on the premises of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for West and Central Africa.

The event was organized in partnership with the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Project AIRCOP and Senegal’s Directorate General of Customs. To fight effectively against trafficking in cocaine, this Project aims to set up a real-time exchange of information between Africa, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. In addition, regular "COCAIR" operations facilitate seizures and enable the collection of information on new fraud trends and the launch of investigations into major cases.

The aim of this workshop was to create synergies between the COPES Programme and Project AIRCOP, while testing the inter-agency nature of the new training. The training was given to the Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force (JAITF) in Dakar, a unit set up within the framework of Project AIRCOP and dedicated to combating illicit trafficking in drugs. The JAITF is made up of Customs officers, gendarmes and police officers. Officials from the Central Office for the Repression of the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs (OCRTIS) and the Directorate of Customs Investigations also benefited from the training.

The new training on the importance of collecting evidence for investigation and prosecution purposes, delivered in French, was very well received by participants, regardless of their home administration. It also became clear that the new COPES training was a valuable complement to the training already received by the staff of this specialized unit.

For further information please contact Mr. Gilles Thomas, WCO COPES Programme Coordinator, at the following e-mail address: