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11 December 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL congratulates its President on top French Judicial Police appointment

LYON, France – INTERPOL today offered its congratulations to its President, Mireille Ballestrazzi, following the announcement by authorities in France that she had been appointed Central Director of the French Judicial Police (Directeur Central de la Police Judiciaire).

With her appointment also meaning she will head INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Paris, President Ballestrazzi said she remained more than ever fully committed to fulfilling her responsibilities as President of INTERPOL.

“I will continue to assist INTERPOL in fostering international law enforcement co-operation. In the face of transnational organized crime, which knows no borders, cooperation between police services across all continents is of vital importance.”

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble congratulated the INTERPOL President on her appointment on behalf of the organization’s 190 member countries: “President Ballestrazzi’s appointment shows France’s recognition of Mrs Ballestrazzi’s significant career achievements and successes both at home and abroad.”

“In addition to her national responsibilities, as INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi has demonstrated unwavering commitment and support to our organization and to international police cooperation worldwide,” added Secretary General Noble.

Mrs Ballestrazzi was elected INTERPOL President at the elected at the 81st INTERPOL General Assembly in Rome, in November 2012, for a four-year term.

As President, her role includes chairing meetings of the INTERPOL Executive Committee to oversee the implementation of decisions taken at the General Assembly, the organization’s supreme governing body.