The EAPCCO Council of Police Chiefs (CPC), was presided over by the Vice-President of Burundi, Prosper Bazombanza.
It was held under the theme: "Leveraging on the Regional Policing Capabilities in Promoting Law Enforcement Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime.”
The Vice-President reiterated the need for stronger and effective EAPCCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime through harmonized legal frameworks, promote the rule of law and human rights, training, and other capacity-building initiatives.
The meeting took a number of key decisions to enhance regional cooperation in addressing contemporary security challenges.
These include embracing modern technology in the fight against terrorism and transnational organized crime; utilizing INTERPOL policing capabilities; and ratifying relevant international instruments and harmonizing legislations controlling access to precursor chemicals and explosives.
They also resolved to strengthen exchange of information on the import, export, and production of precursor chemicals including other components, to reduce the risk of assembling and using improvised explosive devices; and public education on explosives, ordinates and explosive components.
The Chiefs of Police also recommended composing the EAPCCO Anthem and empowering the capacity of law enforcement agencies to combat cattle rustling and illicit arms in the region.
The meeting also witnessed the change of EAPCCO chairmanship from Ethiopia to Burundi.