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15 mars 2011

Building counter-terrorism capacity across Asia focus of INTERPOL training programme in Malaysia

Enhancing the level and use of INTERPOL’s tools and services for counter-terrorism investigators and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus was the focus of INTERPOL’s first I-24/7 police communications system Counter-Terrorism Capacity-Building Programme.

The six-day meeting (7 – 12 March) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia co-ordinated by the Police Training and Development Directorate, the Public Safety and Terrorism Sub-Directorate, the Criminal Analysis Sub-Directorate and I-24/7 Support Centre from the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France aimed to enhance the relationships between counter-terrorism experts and NCBs on a regional basis by providing training and building capacity in international counter-terrorism best practice.

Among the areas covered during the training sessions were:

  • Identifying key counter terrorism issues and concerns across the Asian region
  • Introducing and enhancing familiarity with concrete tools to facilitate the sharing of analytical products
  • Enabling transnational tactical information among member countries throughout the region and fostering closer cooperation between them
  • Enhancing the awareness and usage of INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communications network, its global databases, tools and other services available to the NCBs and counter terrorism investigators
  • Increasing the quality, quantity and usage of INTERPOL databases and services to increase intelligence, enhance international police co-operation and combat international terrorism through the Fusion Task Force network

A total of 11 Asian countries took part in the programme – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam – with each delegation including a counter-terrorism expert and an officer from the NCB.

Officially closing the meeting, Commissioner Mohamed Bin Harun, Director Special Task Force - Counter Terrorism in Malaysia, highlighted the importance of fully utilising INTERPOL’s tools and services and also encouraged close relationship between counter-terrorism experts and NCBs on a regional and international basis.