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20 September 2011 - Media release

Vietnam police chief’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on role of international police cooperation in boosting regional security

LYON, France – Vietnam’s Director General of Police, Maj. Gen. Phan Van Vinh, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

With Hanoi soon hosting the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly (31 October – 3 November), the visit by Vietnam’s police chief reviewed key transnational organized crime issues such as human trafficking and child sexual abuse. It also saw the announcement that Vietnam is to second a police officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters for the first time. The Vietnamese police officer will be joining the world police body’s specialist Crimes Against Children unit.

In this respect, Maj. Gen. Phan said “Vietnam is proud to second its first ever officer to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat. Countering transnational crime threats today, including crimes against children, requires collaboration via INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network at the national, regional and international level.”

“International police cooperation with Vietnam is vital not just for the security of its citizens but also for Southeast Asia and beyond the region, at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Vietnam’s decision to second an officer to INTERPOL’s General secretariat demonstrates its commitment to support international police cooperation and its understanding that the transnational crime threats which are faced by every country cannot be dealt with in isolation,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Mr Noble cited Vietnam’s involvement in projects against Asian organized crime networks, including Operations SOGA I (2007) and SOGA II (2008) against soccer gambling, as further examples of Vietnam’s active involvement in international police collaboration. Both operations resulted in more than 1,200 arrests and the seizure of cash and assets worth some USD 17 million.

Extending access to INTERPOL’s global police tools and services beyond INTERPOL’s National central Bureau in Hanoi also topped the agenda during Maj. Gen. Phan’s visit, which included a review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014, as well as of the INTERPOL Travel Document which will facilitate the international travel of INTERPOL officials when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.

Vietnam’s police chief was accompanied by Dang Xuan Khang, Head of NCB Hanoi; Tran Duy Thanh, Director of Anti-Corruption Department; Nguyen Duc Chung, Deputy Director of Hanoi Metropolitan Police; and Nguyen Huu Ngoc, Deputy Director of Information and Database Centre on Transnational Crime, NCB Hanoi.