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23 June 2010 - Media release

Australian police chief stresses need for strategic planning in historic address to INTERPOL Executive Committee

LYON, France – Further enhancing the existing partnership between Australia and INTERPOL to boost co-operation in combating all forms of transnational crime and terrorism was a key issue for discussion today during the visit of Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Tony Negus to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.

In his address to INTERPOL’s Executive Committee – the first-ever by an AFP chief – Commissioner Negus emphasised the need for strategic planning in achieving these collaborative goals and his force’s role in supporting national, regional and global security.

“Strategic planning gives police the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing environment and ensures that law enforcement remains relevant to the people it serves,” said Commissioner Negus.

“Today’s globalized environment and networked world has also increased the need for us to have closer relationships with policing agencies such as INTERPOL as we work together to combat crimes which cut across jurisdictional borders.

“Transnational crime remains a growth industry affecting us, firstly as police chiefs but just as importantly as an international law enforcement community.

“The AFP believes that our relationships with INTERPOL and its member countries play a significant role in the AFP’s ability to address serious and organized crime affecting Australia’s interests,” added the AFP Chief.

Commissioner Negus also held meetings with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui, during which additional areas for collaboration between the two organizations were discussed.

“Australia continues to be a strong partner of INTERPOL and today’s visit by Commissioner Negus not only focused on areas where we already work closely together, but identified ideas on how we can further develop our co-operation,” said Secretary General Noble.

“While the role of policing is often determined by global events, as highlighted by Commissioner Negus, the need for strategic planning in law enforcement is crucial in ensuring that police on the ground and their supporting organizations such as INTERPOL are better prepared and ready for any eventuality.”

The meeting at INTERPOL follows a visit by Secretary General Noble to the AFP headquarters in Canberra in October 2009, when issues including maximising information exchange, particularly in relation to INTERPOL’s databases, were discussed.