Visits AFRIPOL Secretariat

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AFRIPOL Headquarters

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AFRIPOL Headquarters

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2nd Steering Committee AFRIPOL ISPA


The Second Steering Committee of INTERPOL Support Programme for the African Union in relation to AFRIPOL (ISPA) has been organized on 28th  February 2022, in Algiers at AFRIPOL Headquarters. Decision was made to improve the legal framework and Data protection rules for AFRIPOL and focus on joint operation for disruption of criminal networks.

  • A pan-African police operation jointly coordinated by INTERPOL and AFRIPOL has identified hundreds of suspects and resulted in seizures of more than 12 million illicit health products. Press release.
  • Four (4) Spektor devices for criminal digital forensic have been provided to AFRIPOL. Six (6) experts from National Police Forces will be trained on the utilization of this technology.


The African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL) is established as a technical institution of the African Union (AU) for police cooperation among Member States. 

AFRIPOL functions on the following principles:

  • Respect for democratic rule, human rights, the rule of law and good governance in accordance with the Constitutive Act, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other relevant instruments;
  • Respect of the Police Ethics, the principles of neutrality, sovereignty, integrity and the presumption of innocence;

Recruitment of seconded officers

AFRIPOL was established as an independent mechanism for Police Cooperation for Member States of the African Union.

Today marks the end of Dr. Tarek A. Sharif's mandate as #AFRIPOL Executive Director. The #AFRIPOL team wishes to convey their sincere thanks... to Dr. Sharif accomplishment with #AFRIPOL and the contribution he made to the AU over the past 17 years of his service.

🔴 Le Ministre des Affaires Etrangères et de la Communauté Nationale à l’étranger🇩🇿 @Lamamra_dz ,a reçu aujourd’hui le ... Directeur Exécutif d'@AfripolA, Dr Tarek Sharif, venu lui rendre une visite d'adieu à l'occasion de sa fin de mission.

Dr. Tarek A. Sharif, Executive Director of AFRIPOL, was honoured to receive Ms. Emanuela Del Re, EU Special Representative for the Sahel. ... The two sides discussed security issues in the region and possibilities to strengthen cooperation between AFRIPOL and the EU.


@UNODC MENA Regional Rep., Ms. @CristinaAlbert4 met with Dr. Tarek Sharif Exec. Director @AfripolA & discussed potential collaboration ... & partnership in law enforcement cooperation to counter organized crimes incl. cybercrime, human trafficking & migrant smuggling.

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