2nd Annual East African Joint Operations’ Capstone Exercise

Trainers oversee law enforcement personnel during attack simulation.
Trainers oversee law enforcement personnel during attack simulation.

U.S. Embassy Nairobi through the Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program conducted the 2nd Annual East African Joint Operations’ (EAJO) Capstone Exercises on September 6-7. This 24-hour simulation exercise was comprised of border security officials from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Kenya National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet attended the exercises with other police and officials from the region.

The goals for the EAJO Capstone are to establish a shared vision of cross-border security in East Africa; operationally help increase communications and cooperation between countries; and demonstrate advanced skills necessary to secure borders. Each of these goals also implements actions consistent with rule of law, human rights and community engagement.

The ATA was established by Congress in 1983 and through training, is able to help law-enforcement partners build capacity to detect, deter, disrupt and investigate terrorist activities and suspects. ATA has had an in-country program with Kenya since 2003 and has trained over 3,000 Kenyan law enforcement personnel through over 158 courses.