UNODC trains and assists specialized police services in Mali
In 2014, the Ministers in charge of the security of the G5 Sahel states created a regional police cooperation mechanism under the name "Security Cooperation Platform" (PCMS), in order to provide a coordinated and organized response to the threats weighing on the region. UNODC submitted in January 2017 to the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, a plan to support the operationalization of the PCMS, including the implementation of joint investigation operations.
Thus, following criminal intelligence training conducted in the five G5 Sahel member countries in 2017, UNODC is currently organizing national mentoring training sessions on joint investigation teams. This activity helps specialized police services in the region to move from the information gathering stage to the exploitation of this information. The training also aims to foster the creation of joint teams, composed of elements from the specialized services, to serve as a mechanism for regional police cooperation.
The first training session took place in Bamako, Mali, from 3 April to 13 April 2018. This training brought together 16 participants from the various units involved in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime: the Specialized Investigations Brigade (in French "Brigade des Investigations Spécialisées" - BIS) and the Central Office of Narcotics ("Office Central des Stupéfiants" - OCS).
This activity was organized in two phases, the first week, focused providing training on criminal intelligence and joint investigations. Mentoring sessions took place during the second where the UNODC expert spent two days in each of the specialized services to advise them in the exploitation of the information, and to determine, with the service leaders, which elements were likely to join the joint investigation teams.
During the mentoring phase, OCS officials and the UNODC expert visited the Bamako market to investigate drugs sold in the street. Together, they bought "anti-fatigue" pills, sold 50 FCFA (0.09 $ / 0.08 €). These medicines are mainly used by taxi drivers and workers, and are easily accessible to all due to their low price. OCS officials have pointed to the presence of amphetamine in tablets purchased on the market.
This discovery illustrates the interest and importance of mentoring and highlights the presence of drugs in the form of capsules in markets of the capital. UNODC had already issued warnings in March about the large-scale circulation of counterfeit medicines, while acknowledging the positive results positive results in the fight against fraudulent medicine and drugs of the BIS and the OCS.
This first training workshop aims to be replicated and adapted to each of the G5 Sahel states in the coming months. It is part of the implementation of the PCMS Agreement and of UNODC's Sahel Programme.
As guardian of the United Nations Convention against corruption and the United Nations Convention against transnational organized crime and its protocols, UNODC provides assistance to the G5 Sahel States to strengthen the criminal justice chain and fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, corruption, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.