EU POC-Mauritania project “Only together can we face the great challenges posed by international crime”

The Nouakchott ECI, in which the Spanish National Police works jointly with the Mauritanian, achieved in 2020 and 2021 the arrest of 240 members of criminal organizations dedicated to human trafficking and the lives of more than 4,000 were saved. people, released in the operations against these illegal immigration mafias

Today the Joint Operational Partnership begins its journey in Nouakchott to fight effectively against human trafficking and migrant smuggling

Four members of the National Police are going to work together with the Mauritanian National Police and the Air and Border Police Directorate, a project that joins the Joint Investigation Teams (JIT) that have been working in the African country since 2008

07/03/22

The Director General of the Police, Francisco Pardo, took part today in Nouakchott (Mauritania) in the presentation ceremony of the EU POC-Mauritania project, a project to fight effectively against human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Four members of the National Police are going to work together with the Mauritanian National Police and the Directorate of the Air and Border Police to, as Francisco Pardo stressed, “together we can face the great challenges posed by international crime ”.

The experience that begins today in Nouakchott is not new for the Spanish National Police. Since November 2008, it has been working together with Mauritania, making an excellent one in Nouadhibou within the framework of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), an example of international police cooperation made up of six Mauritanian police officers and six Spanish agents.

Both ECIs and POCs work in the field and collaborate with local investigators, providing organisational, strategic and operational aspects in the fight against migrant smuggling and human trafficking. As the director of the Police has recalled, “the current threats to security have a global dimension and cannot be provided from an exclusively national perspective”. In this sense, he highlighted the great work carried out by these Joint Investigation Teams that “has allowed us to dismantle numerous criminal organizations dedicated to human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and also to obtain information of an operational and strategic nature of great importance. relevance”.

The Nouakchott ECI, in which the Spanish National Police works jointly with the Mauritanian, achieved in 2020 and 2021 the arrest of 240 members of criminal organizations dedicated to human trafficking and the lives of more than 4,000 were saved. people, released in the operations against these illegal immigration mafias.

In the attached photographs appear arranged at the table: the president of the FIIAPP General Secretariat, Inma Zamora; the delegate of the DUE of Mauritania, Gwilym Ceri Jones; the director of national security of Mauritania, Meshgarou Ould Sidi, Major General; and the Director General of the Police, Francisco Pardo Piqueras. The ambassador, Miriam Álvarez De la Rosa, is also present in the group image.