Friday, February fourteenth, the   UN says at least 22 people have been killed in a village in the Northwest region of Cameroon. Over half of those killed were children. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident but the opposition parties blame the killing on the government.

Gendarmes, Policemen braced up for fight

A one-week course ended on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Gendarmerie Training Centre, Camp Yeyap, Yaounde.

The world is fast evolving, and so also is the sophistication of criminal tactics. A good number of offences today are committed with the help of mobile phones, thereby requiring that investigators keep abreast with technological anti-crime tools. It is in this light that the French Embassy, in collaboration with the National Gendarmerie and the General Delegation of National Security, organised a one-week course on investigating crimes committed with mobile phones.

At the end, testimonials and six computer laptops with the Mercure V3 anti-crime mobile phone programme were distributed to the 12 participants – six policemen and six gendarmes. Closing the training on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the Camp Yeyap Gendarmerie Training Centre, Yaounde, the representative of the Secretary of State for National Gendarmerie, Col. Meka Meka Emmanuel, lauded the French Embassy for the training.

He recalled that the French Military Cooperation has in the past offered training, refresher courses, instructors, equipment and logistics to the Cameroon military for local security needs and international peacekeeping missions. Col. Meka Meka said the just-concluded course was informed by the sophistication of criminal tactics, thus the need for policemen and gendarmes to keep abreast of the tricks of miscreants. Col. Thierry Bonneau, the Internal Security Attaché in the French Embassy, praised the high intellectual level of the course participants. He promised that more of such courses will be organised in the near future.

One of the French instructors, Lobin Sébastien, a Police “Brigadier” or Inspector, said the course dealt with using the computer programme, Mercure V3, in tracking down different forms of trafficking through use of mobile phones. Participants were also taught how mobile phone networks work and how to analyse mobile phone data. Lobin Sébastien described the course participants “as brilliant, highly motivated and having a high sense of a policeman’s role.”


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