The European Union-funded SENSEC-EU project is helping create this centre, aiming to continue to improve security
Senegal held an event to commemorate the beginning of construction of the Judicial Police National Training Centre (CNPJ). This work is part of the SENSEC-EU project for cooperation on internal security between Senegal and the European Union that is jointly managed by FIIAPP.
The European-funded project aims to prevent and reduce destabilising factors in order to preserve Senegal’s development, and to achieve this it has three components: fighting against organised crime and terrorism, border control and surveillance, and support for good governance in the internal security sector.
In order to effectively combat organised crime and terrorism, the modernisation of the internal security forces is essential. To intensify this fight, SENSEC and the national security forces are working together to modernise methodologies, protocols and personnel training plans. It is, thus, important to have a police training centre that enables professionals to be better prepared to continue with their work.
One of the main components of the project, which is led by CIVIPOL, seeks to provide support for the local police since it is the main body at work during criminal proceedings and is also the lead partner in carrying out investigations. For this reason, the new centre arose out of the need to provide continuous training to officers and guarantee greater efficiency in the service of the law.
The CNPJ’s objectives are: to provide high-level, good quality, specialised training to gendarmerie officers; provide appropriate education to the various command levels in the gendarmerie and position the CNPJ at the national level.
It is important that the responsible institutions constantly adapt in order to be able to guarantee security and provide citizens with a better service. Due to the changing dimension of organised crime and terrorism, training in this area is constantly evolving, especially in terms of technological and scientific advances that include the use of information technologies, criminal identification techniques and the adaptation of legislation at the national and international level.
Through support from French and Spanish professionals, this European project contributes to the training of staff in Senegal on matters of cooperation and internal security.