INTERPOL: Need to tackle regional crime through global network – INTERPOL Chief
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has said that the Organization’s member countries need an international response to regional and international crime threats.
Speaking in Managua at the opening of the 23rd Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Colombia (CJDPCAMCC), Secretary General Stock said INTERPOL’s proven international cooperation network underpins regional efforts against transnational crime.
“There is already an established cooperation network against transnational crime. Law enforcement needs to avoid duplicating its efforts and creating competing parallel systems when INTERPOL’s global system already serves regional needs,” said Secretary General Stock.
With Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama members of the regional Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors, the INTERPOL Chief said it was also important to learn first-hand about the operational needs of law enforcement in the region, and to adapt to these.
“In the face of an evolving crime landscape, INTERPOL is constantly working to adapt its global policing capabilities and operational activities to respond to the needs of police at the frontlines,” added Secretary General Stock.
Chaired by the Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua, Aminta Granera Sacasa, the regional Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors committed to strengthen the role of their National Central Bureaus within their respective police organizations in order to better coordinate information exchange and contribute to an effective global response.
Amongst INTERPOL’s operational activities in the region, Project CRIMJUST aims to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and judicial agencies against transnational crime networks involved in the cocaine route from Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
INTERPOL has also coordinated a series of intensive intelligence-led Amazonas operations to investigate and prosecute criminals, and identify and dismantle international criminal networks, involved in the illegal trade of timber from South America.
In addition, INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza provides Latin American and Caribbean law enforcement with the skills, intelligence and services they need to tackle organized crime in their region. It ensures an all-inclusive approach by addressing regional crime through a global lens across a broad spectrum of crime areas.
In this respect, ensuring real-time data is in the hands of frontline officers and increased cooperation across various national, regional and global agencies against terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime will be key topics during the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly later this month (26 – 29 September) in Beijing, China.
INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities include its I-24/7 secure police communications network, and a range of global databases including for stolen and lost travel documents, fingerprints, DNA, and facial recognition, for sharing information globally to better combat transnational organized crime and terrorism.
On the sidelines of the Managua meeting, Secretary General Stock said INTERPOL’s global policing community stood in solidarity with countries in the Caribbean and beyond following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irma, and with Mexico in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit the country in a century.
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