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27 July 2011 - Media release

Czech Police President underscores commitment to INTERPOL with secondment of officer

LYON, France – The Czech Republic’s commitment to supporting international law enforcement cooperation via INTERPOL was underlined during today’s visit by Police President Petr Lessy to the General Secretariat headquarters.

Already among the top 10 users and/or contributors to INTERPOL’s global databases for Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, stolen motor vehicles and wanted persons, the head of the Czech Republic police confirmed during his meeting with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble that they would be seconding an officer to Lyon to further improve collaboration between the two.

“We realize that an important way to ensure the safety and security of citizens of the Czech Republic is to maintain the closest possible ties with INTERPOL. My decision to second one of our officers to work at INTERPOL headquarters will therefore strengthen our already close relationship for the safety and benefit of our citizens, “ stated Police President Lessy.

The announcement was welcomed by Mr Noble, as a further demonstration of the Czech Republic’s commitment to international policing, as evidenced through their strong participation in INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest – Red Notices) in 2010, which resulted in the arrest or location of more than 170 fugitives across the globe.

“The Czech Republic has frequently shown itself to be a proactive member of INTERPOL and the decision to second an officer to the General Secretariat headquarters will be of benefit to the safety and security of both their own citizens and that of the wider international community,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Their daily use of INTERPOL’s tools and services has already assisted frontline law enforcement across the country and beyond to identify and bring international fugitives to justice,” added the INTERPOL chief.

In recognition of the Czech Republic's contribution to enhancing International Police Cooperation, Secretary General Noble presented Police President Lessy with the INTERPOL distinction award.