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22 May 2007

Lithuania to enhance access to INTERPOL’s databases

VILNIUS – INTERPOL is to send a team of experts to Lithuania to assist in deploying instant automated access to its global databases such as Stolen and Lost Travel Documents to all law enforcement throughout the country.

The decision was announced following a meeting between INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Minister of the Interior Raimondas Sukys in Vilnius.

Lithuania was one of the first countries to extend access to I-24/7, INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system, beyond its National Central Bureau, giving police the opportunity to instantly check a range of databases at the General Secretariat in Lyon, including internationally wanted persons, stolen motor vehicles and stolen works of art.

Through the installation of technical solutions developed by INTERPOL, known as MIND and FIND (Mobile INTERPOL Network Database and Fixed INTERPOL Network Database) checks against national databases by law enforcement officers throughout Lithuania will also automatically be run against internationally provided data.

'INTERPOL is committed to helping all our member countries ensure that the tools law enforcement officers need to do their job are made available to them,' said Secretary General Noble.

'The Minister and Police Commissioner both expressed an interest in learning how the officers who already use I-24/7 could further benefit from instant access to our Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and other databases, and in the results achieved in other member countries such as Switzerland, France and Spain where automatic access is now in place.'

Mr Noble also met with staff at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Vilnius, making Lithuania the 108th member country he has visited since becoming Secretary General in 2000.