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27 August 2014

International Association of Chiefs of Police visits INTERPOL to enhance cooperation

LYON, France – Increasing the use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services in combating a range of criminal activity was a key area of discussion during a visit by the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters.

IACP President Yousry Zakhary and IACP Executive Director Vincent Talucci met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss a variety of issues, including greater international cooperation in the areas of police training, and firearms identification and tracing through the INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and Tracing Management System (iARMS). 

INTERPOL’s activities to fight cybercrime were also high on the agenda, as Mr Zakhary was briefed on the progress of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), which is scheduled to open in Singapore later this year. Discussions also focused on the phenomenon of ‘foreign fighters’ travelling to conflict zones or taking part in terrorist activities, and the need for a coordinated global response.

Highlighting the importance of global law enforcement cooperation, Mr Zakhary said “The IACP is committed to working with INTERPOL to build upon each other’s expertise in order to enhance the abilities of all police agencies worldwide to tackle transnational crime.”

Secretary General Noble underscored the need for increased awareness of the support INTERPOL can offer member countries in their daily law enforcement activities.

“Working in cooperation with organizations such as the IACP, we can ensure that police on the frontlines understand how INTERPOL’s global tools and services can support them in their continued fight against crime,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

Mr Zakhary was also updated on the Organization’s latest crime-fighting initiatives, including the Turn Back Crime campaign which seeks to encourage greater public involvement in preventing crime.

The IACP is the world's oldest and largest non-profit membership organization of police executives, with some 20,000 members across more than 100 countries. It supports law enforcement leaders worldwide through advocacy and innovation.