Enhancing Cooperation in Combating Organized Crime and Terrorism Focus of INTERPOL Meeting

via the INTERPOL public website http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2015-N2015-031

LYON, France – Identifying ways to enhance cooperation in combating organized crime and terrorism is the focus of the INTERPOL Heads of National Central Bureaus (NCBs) meeting this week.

Bringing together some 265 senior police officials from 143 countries, the three-day (24 – 26 March) conference opened with INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi underlining that the world police body’s tools and NCBs are more essential than ever in combating today’s crime threats.

“INTERPOL and the NCBs have a crucial role to play in linking all players, organizations and cooperation mechanisms by promoting coordination and eliminating duplication,” said President Ballestrazzi.

President Ballestrazzi pointed to the upcoming official inauguration of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore as an example of further strengthening support to member countries, in particular through INTERPOL’s third Command and Coordination Centre operations room.

Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the Organization is seen as ‘the global platform for information sharing and exchange, tools and services for police.’

“Our work has translated into results as more countries have shared information through INTERPOL in the area of terrorism. As our partners on the ground, NCBs play an important role in this achievement,” said Secretary General Stock.

“The recognition of INTERPOL in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 on foreign terrorist fighters is just one example,” he added.

Delivering the keynote address, Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police, Catherine De Bolle also underlined the integral role played by INTERPOL in supporting member countries’ investigations and enquiries.

In addition to organized crime and terrorism, other issues to be discussed by delegates during the conference include cybercrime and border management, as well as specific regional crime issues.

More information about the event could be found on http://www.evidenceproject.eu/the-gallery/11th-annual-heads-of-nbc-conference.html