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24 October 2011 - Media release

Sloan Foundation grant boosts INTERPOL’s global initiative against radiological and nuclear terrorism

LYON, France – International law enforcement efforts against the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism have been significantly enhanced after the Sloan Foundation agreed a three-year grant worth USD 1.6 million to develop INTERPOL’s Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Programme.

The grant will boost the INTERPOL programme’s efforts to raise awareness of the threat among the international law enforcement community as well as develop police training programmes and help strengthen enforcement of legislation across INTERPOL’s 188 member countries.

Paula J. Olsiewski, the Sloan Foundation's Programme Director, said: “Radiological and nuclear terrorism concerns all countries. We believe INTERPOL is strongly-placed to help law enforcement worldwide better understand and curb this global challenge.”

The grant will be used to develop the three main pillars of INTERPOL’s strategy against the threat posed by radiological and nuclear materials: intelligence analysis, training courses and operational support.

“Radiological and nuclear terrorism is a threat with transnational consequences. International cooperation between nations and between international organizations is therefore a crucial element in INTERPOL’s global strategy against this threat,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Thanks to the strong support of the Sloan Foundation, INTERPOL will be able to provide its member countries with essential information, training and support to reduce the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Central to INTERPOL’s initiative is the concept that no single organization maintains the capability to address this problem alone. Therefore, INTERPOL champions the idea that police, public health, regulatory and policy professionals must come together to meet the threat preventively.

In this respect, an INTERPOL global summit held in May this year in Lyon set the course for collaboration and prevention against radiological and nuclear terrorism through an integrated collective approach leveraging international partnerships and expertise across all sectors.