Southeast Europe Police Chiefs contribution to regional and global security praised by INTERPOL Chief

April 25, 2012

INTERPOL on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BUDVA, Montenegro – Addressing the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that their example of dedication and resolve to work together was an example of what can be achieved in combating regional transnational crime.

Speaking at the joint International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) Cyber Crime Conference and SEPCA General Assembly, the head of the world police body pointed to the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases beyond the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in all nine SEPCA member countries as the model for other regions of the world.

Law enforcement officers in key locations across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia can now carry out instant checks against INTERPOL’s databases.

In 2011, countries in the SEPCA region performed 50 million checks against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, triggering more than 3,000 alarms for people attempting to travel on a fraudulent document. A further 22 million checks on individuals were carried out, enabling officers to obtain critical policing information on nearly 25,000 persons known to law enforcement around the world.

Secretary General Noble said that the joint conference with IACP on cybercrime also clearly demonstrated the region’s recognition of the need to tackle crime in the virtual world is well as ensuring effective policing on the ground.

“Cybercrime is the challenge of tomorrow and one which will force us to reinvent the traditional business model of police as the expertise necessary to combat this type of crime will reside more in the private sector,” said Mr Noble, adding that INTERPOL was already putting measures in place to help its 190 member countries address this threat.

“The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, which will open its doors in Singapore in 2014, will include an ‘innovation, research and digital security’ unit which will work with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and the private sector to develop innovative solutions to tackle cybercrime.

“The commitment and vision of the police chiefs in Southeast Europe will ensure that SEPCA will be among the key players in contributing to the global security of tomorrow,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, Secretary General Noble commended Montenegro’s NCB in Podgorica for having implemented so many of INTERPOL’s tools and services that help to keep Montenegrins and visitors safe.

Mr Noble also agreed that Montenegro would become the second country in the world where INTERPOL would deploy a special support team during the summer tourist season when the population in Budva grows from 20,000 to 100,000 persons in order to ensure that Montenegrin police have quick access to information about foreign tourists should the need arise.

“Montenegro has proved time and time again that it is committed to close international police cooperation via INTERPOL which enhances both security and the continued development of its country,” concluded Secretary General Noble.”

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PNP to aid INTERPOL in tracking, hunting down foreign fugitives hiding in PHL

March 20, 2012

Zambo Times on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“MANILA — Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome announced Monday the command will assist the International Police (INTERPOL) in tracking and arresting six to eight fugitives in the Philippines.

He added some of the suspects have pending child abuse cases.

Bartolome added the INTERPOL has given him a list of the suspects or fugitives they believed are hiding in the country.

The PNP chief stressed that they are still determining whether the fugitives wanted by the INTERPOL have links with known terrorist groups.

Aside from helping the INTERPOL extend its dragnet for known criminals and fugitives, Bartolome said the international anti-crime organization also inked a transnational crime agreement with the PNP with special focus on reducing or eliminating known producers of counterfeit medicines.

The PNP chief last week met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in Lyon, France to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.

Discussions also included the recent participation of the Philippines in Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia), launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

This focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for police in the Philippines. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas such as terrorism, counterfeit medicines and fugitive investigation where we can collaborate even more closely,” Bartolome stressed.

Noble said: “International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and the Philippines is vital for the country, the region and beyond.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens.”

In this respect, the INTERPOL chief said the organization strongly supported plans by the Philippine authorities to expand INTERPOL’s tools and services to the PNP.

INTERPOL having sent a Disaster Victim Identification team to Cebu in 2008 following a ferry disaster which left 800 dead.

Noble outlined how the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will have a dedicated DVI platform to better assist Asian countries requesting assistance following disasters or acts of terrorism.

The IGCI is due to open in Singapore in 2014. (PNA)”

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INTERPOL appoints Executive Director for new global complex in Singapore

January 16, 2012

INTERPOL on January 16, 2012 released the following:

“Japan’s Noboru Nakatani to lead INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

LYON, France ‒ INTERPOL has announced that Noboru Nakatani of Japan, currently the Special Advisor to the Commissioner General of Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA), and Director of the NPA’s Transnational Organized Crime Office, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.

The state-of-the-art facility, due to become operational in early 2014, will equip the world’s police with the tools and knowledge to better tackle the crime threats of the 21st century. As a research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, it will provide innovative training and operational support for law enforcement across the globe.

During the building’s ongoing construction, Mr Nakatani will oversee and coordinate the creation and development of the programmes and services that will be delivered from the IGCI by INTERPOL to its 190 member countries.

Mr Nakatani previously held the post of Director of Information Systems and Technology at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, overseeing the development of innovative IT services for the global law enforcement community. He also served as Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Financial and High Tech Crime unit where he specialized in cybercrime and cyber security issues.

At Japan’s National Police Agency, Mr Nakatani held the post of Senior Assistant Director for cybercrime, as well as Executive Officer to the Minister of State, the Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission.

“I am very pleased that the Government of Japan has allowed Mr Nakatani to return to INTERPOL in order to take up this challenging and historic post; it reaffirms Japan’s strong commitment to INTERPOL and to international police cooperation,” said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble added that Mr Nakatani’s intellectual power, proven leadership ability and demonstrated expertise in the areas of cyber security and cybercrime in Japan and at INTERPOL “will combine to ensure that INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation provides our 190 member countries with much needed training, innovation and support in the both the virtual and real worlds”.

“Through Mr Nakatani’s appointment as Executive Director of the IGCI, all member countries and INTERPOL staff will benefit from his vision and cutting-edge approach to developing responses to emerging threats, in a rapidly evolving policing environment where capacity building and training at all levels will take on an ever increasingly important role,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Mr Nakatani will take up the three-year post in April 2012.”

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Italy first country to officially support INTERPOL-FIFA initiative to fight match-fixing

October 19, 2011

INTERPOL on October 19, 2011 released the following:

“ROME, Italy – An agreement signed by Italy today makes it the first INTERPOL member country to officially endorse the initiative agreed in May between the world police body and FIFA to target match-fixing and illegal and irregular betting across the globe.

Italy’s Minister of the Interior Roberto Maroni, who witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding at a special ceremony with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, said that his country’s support for the INTERPOL-FIFA programme would bring its national expertise in tackling this type of crime to the global arena.

“With international crime syndicates from Southeast Asia to Europe making huge profits from bets placed through legal and illegal networks and their attempts to infiltrate the world of sport, it is clear that there is a need for continued and more effective cooperation, which is why Italy is proud to be the first country to pledge support for the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative,” said Minister Maroni.

Signing the agreement, Director General of Public Security and Chief of Italy’s State Police, Antonio Manganelli, said it “would develop on an international scale the steps Italy has already taken to combat this type of crime such as the creation of the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit and the Investigations Group earlier this year.”

INTERPOL and FIFA’s unprecedented 10-year venture will see the creation of a dedicated FIFA Anti-Corruption Training Wing within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore which will provide a cutting-edge training, education and prevention programme to protect the sport, players and the fans from fraud and corruption.

The agreement between INTERPOL and Italy will further support this initiative through the sharing of mutual experience and expertise, as well as through close liaison in designing training programmes and course material for players, officials, referees, police officers and others.

“Italy’s support for the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative is a clear signal to those who may be involved in match-fixing or illegal gambling, both domestically and internationally, that such crimes will not be tolerated, and I believe today’s agreement with Italy should serve as a model for all INTERPOL member countries,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“With billions of dollars involved and more importantly the very reputation of sport itself at stake, it is vital that law enforcement presents a united front in not only fighting this type of crime but to ensure that everyone involved from the rank and file official to the star player is given the resources and training to counter the corrupt influences of transnational organized crime,” added the INTERPOL chief.

As part of the agreement Italy will also second a specialized police officer to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to further support the INTERPOL-FIFA Anti-Corruption training initiative.”

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Qatar Minister underlines commitment to INTERPOL and global policing community

October 17, 2011

INTERPOL on October 17, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – Senior officials from Qatar reaffirmed their country’s partnership with INTERPOL during a visit by Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

During his meeting with INTERPOL General Secretary Ronald K. Noble, the Minister, accompanied by the Head of National Central Bureau Doha Brigadier Khalifa Al-Nasr, was updated on the progress of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), a state-of-the-art facility under development in Singapore that will enhance INTERPOL’s technological capabilities.

Following the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly session in Doha in November 2010 when the IGCI was unanimously endorsed by the member states, where Qatar announced the donation of USD 2 million in support of the Global Complex the country has further underlined their support with the Head of NCB Qatar Brigadier Al-Nasr now a member of the IGCI Working Group.

The delegation was also updated on the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative intended to enable INTERPOL officials to travel internationally on urgent deployments without requiring a visa. Qatar recognized the Travel Document during the General Assembly in 2010 and is establishing special visa status for INTERPOL passport holders.

Qatar has been at the centre of initiatives to combat drug trafficking in the Gulf region. The Gulf Cooperation Council-Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs, based in Doha, has expressed interest in co-operating with INTERPOL on joint operational initiatives.”

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Vietnam police chief’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on role of international police cooperation in boosting regional security

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 20, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – Vietnam’s Director General of Police, Maj. Gen. Phan Van Vinh, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

With Hanoi soon hosting the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly (31 October – 3 November), the visit by Vietnam’s police chief reviewed key transnational organized crime issues such as human trafficking and child sexual abuse. It also saw the announcement that Vietnam is to second a police officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters for the first time. The Vietnamese police officer will be joining the world police body’s specialist Crimes Against Children unit.

In this respect, Maj. Gen. Phan said “Vietnam is proud to second its first ever officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat. Countering transnational crime threats today, including crimes against children, requires collaboration via INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network at the national, regional and international level.”

“International police cooperation with Vietnam is vital not just for the security of its citizens but also for Southeast Asia and beyond the region, at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Vietnam’s decision to second an officer to INTERPOL’s General secretariat demonstrates its commitment to support international police cooperation and its understanding that the transnational crime threats which are faced by every country cannot be dealt with in isolation,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Mr Noble cited Vietnam’s involvement in projects against Asian organized crime networks, including Operations SOGA I (2007) and SOGA II (2008) against soccer gambling, as further examples of Vietnam’s active involvement in international police collaboration. Both operations resulted in more than 1,200 arrests and the seizure of cash and assets worth some USD 17 million.

Extending access to INTERPOL’s global police tools and services beyond INTERPOL’s National central Bureau in Hanoi also topped the agenda during Maj. Gen. Phan’s visit, which included a review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014, as well as of the INTERPOL Travel Document which will facilitate the international travel of INTERPOL officials when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.

Vietnam’s police chief was accompanied by Dang Xuan Khang, Head of NCB Hanoi; Tran Duy Thanh, Director of Anti-Corruption Department; Nguyen Duc Chung, Deputy Director of Hanoi Metropolitan Police; and Nguyen Huu Ngoc, Deputy Director of Information and Database Centre on Transnational Crime, NCB Hanoi.”

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