“Bahamas hosts INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against organized crime in the Americas”

May 10, 2013

INTERPOL on May 10, 2013 released the following:

“NASSAU, Bahamas – The latest session in a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs trafficking and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Nassau, Bahamas.

Some 21 law enforcement officials involved in investigations into illicit drugs and transnational organized crime from across Central America and the Caribbean (Anguilla, The Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Montserrat and Nicaragua) are taking part in the two-week (6 – 17 May) programme, organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate.

“The launch of this training initiative here in the Bahamas, is another clear indication of INTERPOL’s commitment to capacity building in police forces worldwide,” said Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Mr Ellison Greenslade.

“It fulfills an urgent need to further sensitize and train police officers and law enforcement partners to effectively deal with emerging global threats such as trafficking in persons, human smuggling, trafficking in illicit goods, weapons and drug trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, and a long list of other crimes,” added the Commissioner.

Welcoming the participants, Minster of National Security Dr Bernard J. Nottage said, “You have come here to receive hands on training in practical ways to harness and develop your skills for taking action against the insidious threat to our way of life from drugs and organized crime and from the evils they bring in their wake: violence, crime, corruption, the breakdown of family life and the destruction of young people.”

INTERPOL’ s Director of Training and Capacity Building, Dale Sheehan highlighted that the over-reaching goal of the three-year programme, launched in 2011, was sustainability and that successes had already been achieved.

“Through strong training and capacity building standards developed by our programmes, we have already seen an impact on the ground, with those who have benefitted having already gone out and trained some 1,600 other law enforcement officers in the past year alone. This is sustainability,” said Mr Sheehan.

Agencies taking part in this training include the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Regional School for Anti-drug Intelligence of the American Community, in addition to specialists from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Police of Colombia.

As part of a combined approach the programme is running bilingually in Spanish and English, with all participants contributing their professional knowledge in core subjects. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, prosecutors and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in police communications.”

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Italy’s fight against mafia a blueprint against transnational organized crime, INTERPOL Chief tells Palermo meeting

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“PALERMO, Italy ‒ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has said that global efforts against transnational organized crime can learn from the effective international police cooperation and national resolve which underpin Italy’s on-going struggle against the mafia.

Speaking at the Third Experts Meeting (11-13 June) of the Digest of Organized Crime Cases project, Mr Noble said the initiative provided an important ‘toolbox’ which assisted countries in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, signed in Palermo in 2000, by providing them with key best practices in investigative and prosecutorial techniques, as well as in law enforcement cooperation.

With the meeting attended by Italian Senate President Renato Schifani, Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri, President of the Regional Assembly of Sicily Francesco Cascio, Prefect Antonio Manganelli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, Director John Sandage of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and members of the Experts’ Group, Mr Noble paid tribute to judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as to the eight Italian police officers and Giovanni Falcone’s wife, Francesca Morvillo, who were killed in Palermo bombings 20 years ago at the hands of the Cosa Nostra.

With tens of thousands of individuals holding public mandates ‒ ministers, members of parliament, police officers and judges ‒ but also journalists, writers, professors and countless ordinary citizens having found the courage to stand up against the Mafia, Mr Noble said: “By demonstrating that its institutions and people are standing as one in facing the Mafia, Italy is setting an example for the world against organized crime.”

Mr Noble recalled how Felicia Impastato dedicated her life to successfully bringing her son’s murderers to justice, as well as President Napolitano’s visit to Sicily this year to celebrate a State funeral for Placido Rizzotto, a trade union leader who was assassinated in 1948 by the Cosa Nostra but whose body was only recently identified.

The Head of INTERPOL said that besides institutions and individuals, international law enforcement and judicial cooperation was equally crucial in successfully combatting organized crime, and that this is precisely what INTERPOL strives to accomplish within the international law enforcement community.

Prefect Manganelli stressed the importance of cooperation between INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and said Italy’s cooperation with INTERPOL had been ‘especially close’ in the aftermath of the Italian judges’ assassinations.

“Today’s fight against organized crime means not just arresting criminals but also seizing their assets, and in this area INTERPOL’s global network has offered strong support to Italy. In 2011 alone, Italy confiscated properties, money and other assets belonging to the mafia worth some 9 billion Euros. In this respect Italy will be proud to see the Digest become an invaluable resource to the law enforcement community worldwide,” added Prefect Manganelli.

Mr Noble cited how recently, INTERPOL had contributed to the arrest of one of Italy’s most wanted criminals, Vito Roberto Palazzolo, who had been sentenced in Palermo to nine years in prison for external collusion with the Mafia. Palazzolo, who was the subject of an internationally-wanted persons INTERPOL Red Notice, was arrested in Bangkok on 30 March by Thai authorities with the support of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and Italy’s State Police.

“I commend Prefect Manganelli for the leadership and dedication he has shown over the years in working with INTERPOL and countless other law enforcement bodies worldwide to fight transnational organized crime. Italy and the international law enforcement community are lucky to have such a talented and committed professional,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

The Digest of Organized Crime Cases project was launched in 2010 on the tenth anniversary of the Palermo Convention, under the leadership of Italy, of Colombia – whose determination against armed guerilla groups Mr Noble praised at the meeting – and UNODC, with the support of INTERPOL.”

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No quick fix to fighting sports corruption, INTERPOL chief tells FIFA Congress

May 26, 2012

INTERPOL on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“BUDAPEST, Hungary – The increased involvement of transnational organized crime in illegal gambling and match fixing has made corruption in sport a global threat affecting the security of people worldwide, the INTERPOL chief told officials at the 2012 FIFA Congress.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the meeting of world football nations that corruption in sport today affects more than just the reputations and livelihoods of sport professionals and associations.

“As a result of transnational organized crime’s global reach, of the huge profits associated with illegal gambling, of the vulnerability of players and of the internet, which has made gambling on matches anywhere in the world extremely easy and accessible, we are seeing more and more cases of match fixing and suspicious results,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL and FIFA recognized the growing scale of the problem and it was apparent that if both organizations acted quickly and forcefully, we could reassure football players and fans that this serious problem needed to be dealt with in a comprehensive and long-term manner,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “We are very grateful to INTERPOL and to its Secretary General Ronald K. Noble for the tremendous support they have given us so far, and we are very pleased with the results of our partnership, especially in the fight against match-fixing.

“We know that this is a crucial fight in which we need to help each other to be successful and to keep our sport clean. We look forward to continue working closely together to achieve this goal,” added Mr Blatter.

A guest of honour at the FIFA Congress, Italian footballer Simone Farina, who in November 2011 reported an attempted match fixing bribe to police, was recognized by INTERPOL earlier this year with the presentation of a Commemorative Medal. As part of INTERPOL’s ‘Fund for a Safer World,’ the medal acknowledges those who make an effective contribution to crime prevention and law enforcement at the local, national and global level.

“Corruption in sport is a very complex problem for which there is no quick fix. This is why it is crucial that in addition to the ongoing enforcement efforts, we continue to intensify our efforts towards prevention,” said Mr Noble pointing to the results achieved following the INTERPOL-FIFA partnership one year ago.

Key developments include the creation of a dedicated INTERPOL unit tasked with engaging law enforcement worldwide and developing information platforms to ensure that the INTERPOL-FIFA Training, Education and Prevention Initiative reaches the largest possible audience.

The Integrity in Sports unit has brought together specialists from law enforcement, sports and the betting industry for expert meetings and held the pilot national training workshop for police, players, referees, regulators and academic institutions.

By the end of 2012, training will be provided to referees and assistants for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in addition to the launch of an online learning programme designed as a preventative tool for players who may be targeted by criminals seeking to manipulate the outcome of a game.

Throughout Euro 2012, in addition to the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team to Poland and Ukraine, INTERPOL will also be running operation SOGA – short for soccer gambling – targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.

The three previous SOGA operations conducted in the region during major soccer tournaments have resulted in nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than 26 million US dollars in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled more than two billion dollars’ worth of bets.”

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INTERPOL Leadership on Coordinating Action in South America Against Fake Goods Recognized by World Industry Associations

June 8, 2011

INTERPOL on June 8, 2011 released the following press release:

“World Anti-Counterfeiting Day sees INTERPOL official receive special award

PARIS, France – The role of INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme as a catalyst for cross-industry law enforcement action against transnational organized intellectual property crime throughout South America was recognized today in Paris by the member organizations of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network when it presented an individual achievement award to Roberto Manriquez Carrasco, a crime intelligence officer based at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France for his coordination of Operation Jupiter V.

Carried out under the auspices of Operation Jupiter in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr Manriquez was the project manager of the fifth version of this year-long operation throughout 2010 which focused on the trade in fake goods in South America. It led to a series of interventions across 13 countries in the region and to the seizure of nearly eight million counterfeit products worth USD 207 million.

“This award recognizes the success of Operation Jupiter V which would not have been possible without the commitment and support INTERPOL received from hundreds of police, customs officers and other Intellectual Property crime investigators in member countries who made a determined and sustained effort to work together to disrupt the activities of the criminals at the centre of these illicit activities,” said Mr Manriquez.

INTERPOL has worked closely with the authorities in South America since 2005. Since its inception, Operation Jupiter has resulted in almost 1700 arrests and in seizures of fake products valued at more than USD 507 million.

“Counterfeiting and piracy are transnational organized crimes which endanger the health and safety of often unknowing consumers. INTERPOL is committed to working closely with its 188 member countries as well as partner organizations worldwide to fight such crimes whenever and wherever they occur, and as always, working together with a common purpose is what makes a difference when combating organized crime,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

John Anderson, Chairman of the GACG network of national and regional anti-counterfeiting organizations said: “This award highlights the wide range of cooperation that is required and provided by different individuals and organizations collaboratively working across the public and private sectors against the international trade in fakes. It also reflects the importance of raising public awareness of this crime.”

The role of partnerships was also a feature of the GACG company award made to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its outstanding achievement in combating counterfeiting and piracy.

Another key outcome from close working relationships against fake goods and piracy has been the establishment of the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC), a fully interactive online IP crime training facility for all law enforcement officers. Jointly developed by UL University and INTERPOL, the online college has the capacity to train thousands of law enforcement officers in INTERPOL’s member countries.”

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