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West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO)


Abuja, Nigeria

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Short description

WAPCCO, a specialized ECOWAS institution, is tasked with identifying trends and patterns of crime, organizing regional conferences and meetings, establishing and maintaining contacts with different law enforcement authorities, and assisting in the sharing of best practices.


ECOWAS has financed WAPCCO’s statutory meetings since 2008. Members contribute to the operations they participate in. The INTERPOL Regional Bureau typically provides in-kind and technical support.

All of the members are also ECOWAS members. Mauritania, however, is a member of WAPCCO, but left ECOWAS in 2000.


16 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

WAPCCO members represent:

  • 16 of 54 AU members
  • 15 of 28 CEN-SAD members
  • 15 of 15 ECOWAS members

*Information accurate as of 31 May 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Changes annually
  • Chief of police of the country hosting the ECOWAS presidency

PoA-related activities

The ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Strategy (2008) refers to ECOWAS’s commitment to transfer expertise and financial support to WAPCCO and other security networks for the coordination of information sharing, cooperation, and networking among the police, gendarmerie, intelligence services, and other security agencies. Efforts have emerged to transform it into an autonomous institution. With respect to small arms, some small operations have been conducted, but none of significant size. The police chiefs of ECOWAS member states, as well as ECOWAS Commission officials and representatives of INTERPOL, met for a three-day meeting of Technical Sub-committees in March 2012. The meeting, which will feed into the WAPCCO General Assembly planned for July 2012, called for operations on small arms, piracy, and terrorism, among other regional security issues (notably trafficking of humans and drugs, and vehicle theft). In particular, Niger and Nigeria have been selected to support an anti-crime operation on small arms. Through the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Côte d’Ivoire, WAPCCO has had extended access to INTERPOL databases. The Regional Bureau has also provided training, and supports the preparation of joint operations, meetings of the technical sub-committees on operations, and the harmonization of legislation. The Regional Bureau, however, has closed its office in Côte d’Ivoire due to post-election violence in 2011. Secretariat support has thus been redirected to the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France, until the office reopens (anticipated June 2012).

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

The ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (2008) sets out ECOWAS support for WAPCCO. The March 2012 Technical Sub-committee meeting called for a joint CCPAC/WAPCCO Technical Sub-committee meeting to take place with a view to laying the groundwork for the signing of a cooperation agreement between the two regions.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • Convention Entre les Etats Membres Du Comite des Chefs de Police de L’Afrique Centrale en Matière de Lutte Contre le Terrorisme (2005)

Other official documents of interest

  • ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework, Regulation MSC/REG. 1/01/08 (2008)


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