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Turkey hosts INTERPOL familiarisation training course for police across the country

December 2011

ANTALYA, Turkey – An INTERPOL training course aimed at boosting national law enforcement’s understanding of INTERPOL services and databases has closed with a call to tackle international organized crime through improved and heightened use of the world’s largest police organization’s on-line police services.

Organized by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau for Turkey, the three-day meeting (29 November – 1 December 2011) brought together more than 150 police officers from 41 different Turkish cities. The trainees were given the opportunity to learn to use INTERPOL's databases on stolen and lost travel documents, stolen motor vehicles and wanted criminals, and to address issues relating to international crime fighting.

In his opening speech, the Head of INTERPOL Ankara, Mr Rafet Ufuk Onder underlined the growing threat of transnational organised crime and the importance of strengthened international police cooperation in effectively fighting it.

“It is only by comparing information against both national and INTERPOL’s global databases that investigators can be sure that they have access to all the information they need in conducting their enquiries” he said.

There are almost 10,000 law enforcement users of INTERPOL databases in Turkey, including customs officials and gendarmes.

INTERPOL Ankara organizes national training sessions of this kind for the benefit of national law enforcement twice every year.