ALGERIA’S POLICE CHIEF STRESSES NEED FOR CO-OPERATION AMONG AFRICAN POLICE FORCES

ALGIERS– The director-general of the Algerian police force and chairman of the African Police Organization (Afripol), Major-General Abdelghani Hamelm has stressed the need to strengthen co-operation, exchange experiences and undertake joint efforts by African police forces in order to develop effective strategies to ensuring a secure space open to everybody.

Officiating at the opening of the 11th meeting of the heads of cybercrime units from the police agencies of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region here Thursday, he said “the widespread use of information communication technology (ICT) has resulted in the rise of all forms of crimes, especially international cybercrime and data and computer systems hacking” in addition to uncontrolled movement of virtual money.

“We should adapt our actions against the misuse of modern technology and boost co-operation, exchange of experiences and combine forces to work out an effective strategy to ensure a secure electronic space,” he said.

Electronic space is widely used by terrorist organizations and all sorts of criminal networks, considering its role in the recruitment of new fighters, the establishment of links among those networks and providing funding sources out of control, he added.

Hamel emphasized the growing threat and the complexity of cybercrime’s resources and methods, which are at the root of the challenges facing security services in the fight against crimes relating to modern technology.

The meeting will facilitate discussions on the implementation of the programme of the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) to prevent threats and new forms of cybercrime, he said, stressing the need to come up with innovative and effective solutions.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK