TCU Engage in Capacity Building, Train Staff to Combat Cross Border Crimes

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Williams T. Thompson head of the Transnational Crimes Unit Liberia

The chief executive  of the Transnational Crimes Unit of  Liberia,  William Thompson, has disclosed that  for the past two Months, the Transnational Crimes Unit -Liberia has been engaged in the capacity building of its staff in Monrovia.

Thompson spoke Monday on ECOWAS Radio in Monrovia saying, during the period under review, TCU Liberia was able to conduct at least two training sessions for its officers. He indicated that the training was held from February 20th to the 22nd, while the other was held from March 19th to the 23rd.

According to him the training sessions were intended to enhance the capacity of officers of the Transnational Crimes Unit-Liberia to be able to fight against cross-border crimes. He pointed out that one of the major things underscored during the training was the issue of drugs, trafficking in weapons, specifically small Arms from cross borders, smuggling of migrants, smuggling of goods as well as fake pharmaceutical sales, intelligence gathering investigation, conflict resolution, conflict management as well as  money laundering.

He said, “We are partnering with other agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency, Liberia National Police, the National Security Agency and other security apparatus.”

He however clarified that the training, conducted in the month of March, was supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other international groups.

Thompson said following the training of TCU officers, it is expected that staff can be more strategic when it comes to combating crimes across borders. He said, “We can assure that in the next few days and weeks to come, you will begin to hear the arrests made by these trained officers,”

He  further emphasized that Transnational Crimes Unit is not only linked to Liberia, noting that it was established in some West African Countries. He named Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast, where similar units operate currently.

According to him the various units within these countries have a link with Liberia, adding that they all collaborate and coordinate issues within cross borders which has to do with crimes. “If there is an issue of crimes cross bordering towns and villages, we make the necessary connections with counterparts to resolved these problems” he stressed.

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