INTERPOL on July 8, 2011 released the following:
“Boost to fight against organized crime with Canada and US-funded INTERPOL projects
ORANJESTAD, Aruba – A series of measures aimed at boosting security and safety have been agreed by senior police chiefs attending INTERPOL’s 21st Americas Regional Conference, where it was also announced that Canada is to contribute 1.5 million US dollars to INTERPOL to support law enforcement’s fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas.
The gathering of top policing officials heard that the grant from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) will fund a series of INTERPOL training and operational workshops over the next three years and is part of a wider contribution to help address security challenges and implement institutional reforms in the Americas.
In addition to officers from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus (NCBs), the training will also include specialized officers from a range of law enforcement agencies to encourage greater cooperation and information sharing throughout the region ahead of joint operational activities.
Delegates at the three-day meeting were also updated on a project funded by the US Department of State, which by mid-2012 will see the NCB infrastructure upgraded and I-24/7 extended to a total of 40 remote sites across seven countries in Central America.
The initiative, which supports I-24/7 as the central communications system for information and intelligence exchange at the regional and trans-regional level, also includes an assessment and analysis of NCBs and specialized units investigating gangs, drugs and weapons trafficking.
Participants at the conference also endorsed calls for the creation of a specialist working group for the Americas to enhance regional cooperation in the areas of anti-money laundering, asset recovery and terrorism financing often linked to transnational organized crime activities.
Other key recommendations from the conference include:
- For each National Central Bureau to establish procedures for the systematic collection and storage of child abuse material and the creation of a national Victim Identification Team to help identify victims and offenders, particularly through the use of INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation database.
- With DNA and fingerprints being decisive factors in identifying criminals and linking crime scenes at the national, regional and international level, as well as assisting in disaster victim identification, member countries were encouraged to build and enhance DNA and fingerprint capabilities for regional forensic exchange and comparison via the INTERPOL network.
- Combating pharmaceutical crime, particularly in the Caribbean region, through the development of regional coordinated activities based on the ‘Operation Pangea’ model to combat the illicit sales of medicines.
In support of all recommendations, delegates also recognized the importance of trust and reciprocity in communication, cooperation and collaboration for both public and law enforcement safety and the need to work closely together to enhance the roles of NCBs in the Americas to detect, deter and disrupt transnational crime.”
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