Belgian police chief visit to INTERPOL looks to expand cooperation

October 24, 2012

INTERPOL on October 23, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Identifying further areas of cooperation in which INTERPOL’s global tools and international law enforcement network can further support national and regional security was the focus of a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters today by Catherine De Bolle, Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police.

In meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials, where a range of activities in which Belgium and INTERPOL work closely together was discussed, Commissioner De Bolle highlighted how cases in the areas of drug and vehicle trafficking, maritime piracy and violent crimes demonstrated the value of INTERPOL’s products and services to police in the field.

“I am strongly committed to enhancing information exchange through INTERPOL’s channels and the use of its global databases by the Belgian police forces,” said Belgium’s Federal Police Chief.

“Since crime does not stop at our borders, nor should the response to it. In this respect, the Belgian Federal Police supports efforts by INTERPOL to strengthen professional international police cooperation, including the establishment of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and the development of the West African Police Information System,” added Commissioner De Bolle.

The West African Police Information System (WAPIS), developed by INTERPOL is an EU-funded project initiated during Belgium’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2010. The project allows West African police to access and manage in a structured way police data related to organized crime by facilitating the collection, centralization, management, sharing and analysis of police information among countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Welcoming the visit to the world police body by Belgium’s Federal Police Commissioner as an opportunity to identify areas where Belgium and INTERPOL can collaborate ‘even more closely’, INTERPOL Secretary General Noble said: “During its long relationship with INTERPOL, the Belgian Federal Police has demonstrated its leadership in the area of international law enforcement cooperation and it is an essential partner to INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world.”

In this respect, the Head of INTERPOL recalled the ‘exemplary collaborative actions’ taken by Belgium’s Federal Police in the case of a Somali man suspected of maritime piracy who was extradited from the Seychelles to Belgium in May 2012 after a cross-check of his fingerprints against INTERPOL’s databases in March 2011 linked the suspect with the hijack of Belgian vessel MV Pompei in waters off the Seychelles in April 2009.

Immediately after the release of the hijacked vessel in June 2009, Belgian Federal Police conducted an extensive forensic crime scene investigation of the vessel and its results were added to INTERPOL’s maritime piracy and fingerprints databases.

Later, in March 2011, following the arrest of six Somali nationals in waters off the Seychelles, its police provided INTERPOL with the fingerprints of the individuals to be cross-checked with INTERPOL’s databases. The check revealed that the prints of one of the apprehended individuals matched latent marks seized by Belgian Federal Police on the hijacked Belgian vessel.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence, connecting the dots and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens across regions and worldwide,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Commissioner De Bolle was accompanied by Dirk Allaerts, Head of Cabinet, Peter De Buysscher, Director of International Police Cooperation, Michel Croquet, Director of Police Information Management and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Brussels, and Alain Barbier, Assistant Director in Brussels at the office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union.”

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Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, one of INTERPOL’s newest member countries, welcomes Secretary General

April 12, 2012

INTERPOL on April 11, 2012 released the following:

“PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – In his first mission to Sint Maarten, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams to discuss security matters, as well as with the President of Parliament Gracita Arrindell and Minister of Justice Roland Duncan. In addition, Mr. Noble had a meeting with the Governor of Sint Maarten Eugene Holiday.

Mr Noble’s mission to Sint Maarten enabled him to support INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Philipsburg by discussing their equipment and training needs.

Welcoming Sint Maarten’s membership of INTERPOL, Mr Noble said that the country had much to contribute to the global policing community.

“Today, I had the privilege of seeing firsthand how this young country’s leadership is committed to Sint Maarten’s police receiving the necessary support, training and resources to confront existing and emerging crime threats worldwide,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Sint Maarten is a holiday destination for thousands of people coming from all over the world every year, and we will continue to work closely with the national police to ensure that it remains safe for both citizens and visitors alike,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Sint Maarten’s membership of INTERPOL means it has access to I-24/7, the world police body’s secure global communications system, key operational police support services, the network of National Central Bureaus across INTERPOL’s other 189 member countries and range of global databases, including for Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and internationally-wanted persons.

Sint Maarten was admitted as an INTERPOL member country during the world police body’s 80th General Assembly held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in October 2011.”

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INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

March 21, 2012

Uploaded by INTERPOLHQ to YouTube on March 20, 2012 released the following:

INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

“INTERPOL: Interview with Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Home Affairs Commissioner. 15 March 2012

INTERPOL a key partner for a secure Europe, says EU Commissioner Malmström

LYON, France — A secure Europe needs global law enforcement support, with INTERPOL a key partner in meeting security challenges, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström told police chiefs at the closing of the INTERPOL Heads of National Central Bureaus conference.

Addressing the 270 senior police officials from 148 countries, Commissioner Malmström said that to effectively fight organized crime and cybercrime, which pose the greatest risks to EU security, the need for partnerships with countries beyond Europe is essential.

“INTERPOL, with its National Central Bureaus in 190 member countries is a key partner for the European Union in addressing these global threats,” said Commissioner Malmström.

“Day-to-day cooperation between INTERPOL and police forces in the EU member states goes back many years and is invaluable in linking EU criminal intelligence with INTERPOL’s databases and global network.”

Highlighting the need for close cooperation in tackling these shared threats, the Commissioner explained her plans to establish a European Cybercrime Centre to work closely with the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, which will include a state-of-the-art facility for boosting cyber security and countering cybercrime, to assist in the streamlining of regional and global investigations.

An important element in the enhanced cooperation between the two organizations was the opening of the INTERPOL liaison office in Brussels in 2009. Pierre Reuland, the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union, said that ‘when it comes to global police cooperation INTERPOL is the natural partner to link EU member countries and agencies to the rest of the world’.

In meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials, Commissioner Malmström discussed a range of activities where the EU and INTERPOL work closely together, particularly under the EU’s Internal Security Strategy.

“INTERPOL is working closer than ever with European bodies such as Europol, Frontex, Cepol and Eurojust in crime areas as diverse as maritime piracy, human trafficking and counterfeiting,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The European Union has recognized INTERPOL’s unique capacity to supplement law enforcement efforts at the European level, particularly in the effective management of borders where transnational criminals are at their most vulnerable,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

An EU-funded programme has seen expansion of access to INTERPOL’s unique global database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to secure borders and identify criminals attempting to enter Europe, and elsewhere, using false identities.

Plans for the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) being developed with INTERPOL and funded by the EU were also discussed during the high-level meeting. The WAPIS project will facilitate the collection, centralization, management, sharing and analysis of police information on a national, regional and global level to more effectively tackle crime areas such as drug trafficking, illegal immigration, money laundering and weapons trafficking.”

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Benin key player in West African efforts to fight transnational crime

February 29, 2012

INTERPOL on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“Achievements marked during INTERPOL Secretary General visit

COTONOU, Benin – In his first visit to Benin, which this year marks its 50th anniversary as an INTERPOL member country, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with President Thomas Boni Yayi as well as other senior government and police officials to recognize the country’s contribution to global law enforcement cooperation.

In the past half century of INTERPOL membership, Benin has participated in a wide range of key regional projects targeting drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime and fake goods and medicines which endanger the health and safety of citizens.

Secretary General Noble was briefed on a series of drug seizures as a result of close cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Cotonou, Brazil and Portugal. In this respect, the recent success of Operation Cocair 3 saw the seizure of more than 500 kilogrammes of drugs and the recovery of cash totaling two and half million euros in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil.

During his two-day mission, Secretary General Noble also visited a Customs and Immigration outpost between Benin and Nigeria at the border town of Krake. Mr Noble announced plans to help Benin connect its central national database to INTERPOL’s global databases, to enable officers at border control points to carry out instant checks on individuals to determine if they are wanted internationally or attempting to enter on fraudulent travel documents.

After receiving the Ordre National du Bénin, the INTERPOL chief met with the President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. Accepting the honour on behalf of the world police organization, Mr Noble thanked Benin for their long-standing and strong support of INTERPOL.

“Under the leadership of President Boni Yayi, Benin continues to make a significant contribution to global law enforcement, which makes this honour a recognition of the efforts of officers in Benin and all around the world, every police man and woman who put their lives on the line every day,” said Secretary General Noble.

“In my meetings with the Minister of the Interior, the Director General of Police, staff from our National Central Bureau and officers in the field, this commitment to law enforcement is clear to see and I look forward to our continued strong partnership with Benin in the future,” added the INTERPOL chief.”

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Belarus officially recognizes INTERPOL passport

January 19, 2012

INTERPOL on January 18, 2012 released the following:

“Decision reinforces already close cooperation with INTERPOL

LYON, France – Belarus today became the latest INTERPOL member country to officially recognize the world police organization’s passport, providing visa waiver status for individuals travelling on official business.

Minister of Internal Affairs for Belarus, Anatoly Kuleshov signed the agreement during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters where he met with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior officials.

The agreement means that INTERPOL officials from any of the Organization’s 190 member countries can enter Belarus without a visa in order to carry out official duties on INTERPOL-related matters when invited by Belarusian authorities.

“Belarus is proud to officially recognize the INTERPOL passport as additional evidence of our steadfast commitment to enhance international police cooperation with all INTERPOL member countries,” said Minister Kuleshov who was accompanied on the visit by Head of International Cooperation, Mikhail Starikovich and Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Minsk, Alexander Petran.

Following the deadly terrorist attack on a Minsk subway in April 2011 in which 14 people died and more than 100 were badly injured, Belarus ensured that INTERPOL and all its member countries had access to the fingerprints retrieved from the crime scene. Checks through INTERPOL’s databases confirmed that fingerprints from the suspect in the April attack, matched those of the suspect charged in connection with another bombing in Minsk in July 2008.

“By sharing important crime related information with INTERPOL and by recognizing the INTERPOL passport, Belarus enhances the security not only of its country and citizens, but of all INTERPOL’s 190 member countries,” said Mr Noble.

“If Belarus had not shared terrorist related information with INTERPOL, then the Minsk bombing suspect would have been able to move freely throughout Europe and the world to cause harm and even kill many others.

“Similarly, police worldwide in possession of the INTERPOL passport will be able to assist Belarus as requested at the scenes of terrorist attacks, major crimes or natural disasters, where time can be of the essence,” added the head of the world police body.

“As more and more countries officially recognize the INTERPOL passport, we will ensure an even faster response time by police worldwide working under the umbrella of INTERPOL and invited by member countries to assist,” concluded Mr Noble.

The INTERPOL General Assembly in Qatar in 2010 saw the official adoption of the INTERPOL Travel Document initiative to enable the Organization to provide faster on-site support to member countries requesting assistance.

Countries which have already recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document are: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Guinea, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Senegal, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Sudan, Swaziland and Tanzania.”

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INTERPOL appoints senior Ugandan police officer as its first female director from Africa

January 12, 2012

INTERPOL on January 10, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The world’s largest international police organization has appointed Ugandan police officer Elizabeth Kuteesa to lead a key department at its General Secretariat headquarters, marking the first appointment of an African woman as an INTERPOL director.

Announcing the appointment of Elizabeth Kuteesa as Director of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau and Regional Police Services (NRPS) unit, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the promotion of the former Director of the Criminal Investigations Directorate with the Ugandan Police demonstrated the global role of African women within the international law enforcement community.

“As the world’s largest police organization with 190 member countries it is vital that INTERPOL’s staff at its General Secretariat not only reflect this diversity but also bring the relevant policing experience and expertise in order to meet the needs of our National Central Bureaus worldwide,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“With global responsibility for liaising with our member countries, Elizabeth Kuteesa’s appointment is a mark both of her achievements as well as of the high calibre of staff seconded to INTERPOL by its member countries in Africa and other regions.”

“Through this appointment INTERPOL has once again demonstrated its ability to attract the finest policemen and policewomen committed to enhancing international police cooperation,” concluded the head of INTERPOL.

Since 2007 Ms Kuteesa has served at INTERPOL as Assistant Director for the Africa region, and previously held a range of positions with the Ugandan Police including Officer in Charge of the Anti-Narcotics Squad at CID Headquarters.

As head of the NRPS directorate, Ms Kuteesa will oversee the unit’s activities across four main domains: providing support and coordination for INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus, coordinating the activities of its Regional Bureaus and Liaison Offices, coordinating the implementation of cooperation agreements between INTERPOL and regional bodies or entities, and implementing recommendations from statutory regional conferences and INTERPOL business plans for the regions.”

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French support boosts INTERPOL’s global efforts against maritime piracy

December 13, 2011

INTERPOL on December 8, 2011 released the following:

“Global fight against maritime piracy focus of INTERPOL visit by France’s Special Representative

LYON, France – The Special Representative of France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in charge of coordination of the international war against piracy, Jocelyne Caballero, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as part of the close collaboration between France and the world police body on enhancing international efforts against the threat of maritime piracy.

Ms Caballero and Secretary General Noble, meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, reviewed the current international strategy against maritime piracy and INTERPOL’s maritime piracy projects with which France is closely associated. France has in particular supported INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy programme by financing its EVEXI project (EUR 100,000 in 2011) and by agreeing to second two officials to INTERPOL’s programme in 2012.

The EVEXI project aims to establish and promulgate procedures for building the capacity of six East African countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, Seychelles and Tanzania) in maritime piracy intelligence gathering and forensic evidence collection.

With INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force advocating a global response to improve evidence collection, facilitate data exchange, build regional capabilities and work in partnership, Special Representative Caballero said: “France recognizes INTERPOL’s global resources and longstanding commitment to tackling maritime piracy as crucial to the international community’s ability to better address maritime piracy and bring those involved before the courts.”

With plans by French authorities to make the Gendarmerie Maritime and other French law enforcement agencies available to support INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Incident Response Teams, and implement project EVEXI in addition to training for regional law enforcement agencies, INTERPOL Secretary General Noble lauded France’s ‘active support’ for INTERPOL’s maritime piracy programme.

“France recognizes that international law enforcement provides the critical link between arrests made through military interventions and the investigation and prosecution of maritime pirates and associated criminal networks,” said the head of INTERPOL.

“A collaborative approach that combines intelligence, resources and strategic partnerships is required against maritime piracy. In this endeavour, INTERPOL’s global tools and collaboration with international partners such as France play a crucial role against this transnational crime.”

Ms Caballero was accompanied by Alexandre Pichon, head of European and international cooperation at INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Paris, Lieutenant Colonel Christian Henry of the Gendarmerie Nationale, and by Colonel Jacques Lainé and Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Hy of the Gendarmerie Maritime which is responsible for judicial investigations related to acts of piracy against French ships.

The visit to INTERPOL by Ms Caballero came a week after a Paris court convicted five Somali men for hijacking a sailboat off the African country’s coast and kidnapping its two-person crew in the Gulf of Aden three years ago.

The United Nations Security Council last month unanimously endorsed Resolution 2020 (2011) calling on all of its 193 member states to share information with INTERPOL as part of a comprehensive global response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Hanoi this year adopted a resolution urging its 190 member countries to share information related to maritime piracy through the circulation of INTERPOL Notices, and to populate INTERPOL’s databases, in particular its Global Maritime Piracy and Stolen Vessels databases.”

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INTERPOL Grows to 190 Countries

November 7, 2011

OHSonline.com on November 7, 2011 released the following:

“The international police organization completed its 80th General Assembly last week in Hanoi after approving the applications of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and South Sudan to join. Leaders say delegates also approved measures to make it easier to combat 21st Century crime.

Nov 07, 2011
INTERPOL ended its 80th General Assembly in Hanoi last week after approving the applications of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and South Sudan to join the police organization, which now has 190 member countries. The meeting also saw delegates pass measures that will give the organization an even stronger platform for combating 21st Century crime, leaders said.

President Khoo Boon Hui said the four-day meeting produced “a deep and broad commitment to the principles of enhancing international police cooperation. At this General Assembly, we manifested our collective resolve to confront present and emerging security threats. The various discussions and debates reflect our commitment and our strong desire to make our Organization ready and well placed to face the challenges of 21st Century policing.”

“One of the biggest challenges we face in law enforcement is the sophisticated criminal anonymity on the horizon before us. Our successes in the past have been made possible by our willingness to innovate, and we will continue to identify and meet new challenges by constantly securing, constantly innovating, and constantly improving,” said Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. “As we move with confidence towards this innovative future, it is vital that we do so from a firm base, and the decisions taken during this General Assembly have reinforced our already strong foundations.”

A key resolution related to IT developments for staffers at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, and officers working in the 190 National Central Bureaus around the world. Sharing information related to maritime piracy, particularly populating INTERPOL’s Global Maritime Piracy and Stolen Vessels databases, also won delegates’ support.

Delegates elected new members to the 13-member Executive Committee:

  • Deputy Commissioner of Nigerian Police Adamu Mohammed is the new vice president for Africa
  • Director General of the Colombian National Police, General Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, is vice president for the Americas
  • Inspector General Emmanuel Gasana from Rwanda and Major General Fathel Rahman Osman Mohamed from Sudan were elected as delegates for Africa.
  • Two delegates for the Americas were elected, Marcos Vasquez Meza, general director of the Chilean Investigative Police, and Tim Williams, director of NCB Washington (United States).
  • Pieter Jaap Aalbersberg, chief constable of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Regional Police, The Netherlands, and Sanna Palo, head of NCB Helsinki (Finland) were elected as delegates for Europe.

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INTERPOL issues Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi at Libya’s request

September 30, 2011

INTERPOL on September 29, 2011 released the following:

Red Notice is first such notice requested by Libya since Transitional National Council came to power

LYON, France – INTERPOL has published a Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi after Libyan authorities requested an internationally-wanted persons notice against the son of ousted Libyan leader Col Gaddafi for allegedly misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.

With INTERPOL confirming reports that Assaadi Gaddafi, aged 38, was last seen in Niger, the Red Notice for the Libyan national represents a regional and international alert to countries neighbouring Libya and Niger, and those with travel connections to Niger, to seek their help in locating and arresting Assaadi Gaddafi, with a view to returning him to Libya where an arrest warrant for him has been issued by the General Attorney at the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

As the Commander of military units allegedly involved in the repression of demonstrations by civilians during Libya’s uprising, Assaadi Gaddafi is also subject to a United Nations travel ban and assets freeze issued in March this year.

“The INTERPOL Red Notice against Assaadi Gaddafi will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders. It is a powerful tool that will help authorities locate and arrest him,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“This first Red Notice issued at the request of Libya since the Transitional National Council came to power is a compelling demonstration of the commitment of Libya’s new authorities to work with the world police community.”

“INTERPOL will continue to offer Libya’s Transitional National Council the full support of its global resources and services and is asking its member countries in the region to take all measures to apprehend Assaadi Gaddafi,” added the head of INTERPOL.

The publication of the INTERPOL Red Notice for Assaadi Gaddafi will see INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit and its Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat closely liaise with its National Central Bureaus in the region and worldwide to pool and update all relevant intelligence to ensure that the Libyan national is located, arrested and returned to Libya to face the serious charges against him.

Earlier this month INTERPOL issued Red Notices for Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and former director of military intelligence Abdullah Al-Senussi after the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, requested the world police body to issue internationally-wanted persons notices against the Libyan nationals for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder and persecution.

Since March 2011, through the publication that month of Orange Notice global alerts against Colonel Gaddafi and other Libyan nationals, including his son Assaadi Gaddafi and other members of his family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) imposing a travel ban and assets freeze on the individuals.”

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