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07 March 2013 - Media release

Croatian police chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on reinforcing border security

LYON, France – During a visit today to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, General Police Director of Croatia, Vlado Dominić, reinforced his country’s commitment to international police cooperation, in particular through the enhanced use of INTERPOL’s global tools and networks to protect Croatia’s and the European Union’s borders.

With Croatia one of the most active members of the world’s largest police organization, meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials focused on ways the country’s law enforcement agencies can further increase their information sharing of INTERPOL data at the national level, in order to ensure that Croatia remains one of the safest countries for its citizens, businesses and tourists.

Croatia has made more searches of the Stolen Motor Vehicles database than any INTERPOL member country, searching the database almost twice as frequently as the second-largest user. The country also ranks second in number of searches of the nominal database, and in the number of profiles contributed to the DNA database.

Mr Dominić highlighted how the country’s activities in the areas of organized crime, fugitive investigations and terrorism prevention demonstrate the value of international law enforcement collaboration and the utility of INTERPOL’s tools and services.

“Once Croatia enters the European Union and has access to the Schengen network and related police data, we will be able to screen even more information against both our own and INTERPOL’s databases.  Only through a constant sharing of information internationally, can we keep our country, the EU and the world safe from serious international crime,” said Mr Dominić.

“We have constantly partnered with INTERPOL in bringing innovative solutions to policing and are proud to be one of the first countries to support INTERPOL’s creation of a database of stolen vessels which is important to a country such as ours with such a long coastline used by so many types of sea vessels,” added General Police Director of Croatia Dominić

INTERPOL Secretary General Noble welcomed the visit of the Croatian Police Director as an opportunity to identify areas for future collaboration and innovation.

“During its history with INTERPOL, Croatia has demonstrated strong leadership in helping INTERPOL put innovative solutions for international police cooperation in the hands of their law enforcement officers.  Croatia also has consistently been a country that responds quickly and effectively to calls for international police assistance,” the INTERPOL Chief said.

The head of INTERPOL recalled the case of Morgan Schreurs, a Dutch national wanted for murder in Belgium and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, who was arrested by police in Croatia in June 2012 following a tip-off from a member of the public in Ireland as ‘an excellent example of the success that can be achieved through fast and effective police cooperation.’

Taking a stand against match-fixing in football, Croatian authorities launched a large-scale investigation into corruption among the country’s players. In 2010, 21 individuals from the sport went on trial; those convicted included footballer Mario Cizmek, sentenced to 10 years, and former coach Vinko Saka, who received a one-year sentence, was ordered to pay back USD 58,000 and now faces potential match-fixing charges in Italy. Among the assets seized by police following the investigation were EUR 184,000 in cash and two apartments.

Mr Dominić was accompanied by Dalibor Jurić, Head of Sector for Support of the Criminal Police Directorate and a former head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Zagreb.