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16 May 2013

Mumbai hosts INTERPOL training course to boost counter-terrorism capacity across Asia

MUMBAI, India – Enhancing the level and use of INTERPOL’s tools and services to build capacity and operational connectivity in order to prevent and disrupt terrorist activities in the region was the focus of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Counter-Terrorism in Asia held in Mumbai, India.

The two-week (29 April – 10 May) course – which brought together 16 law enforcement officials from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan – was the final session in a three-year programme organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate and sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). Phase three will reunite participants to conduct operational activities at key border points, with the first operation planned in Southeast Asia in late June.

Commissioner of Mumbai Police Satyapal Singh, highlighted the importance of a community-based policing approach in order to better challenge terrorist activity and the vital importance of regional cooperation and INTERPOL’s tools and services.

One of the key aspects of the programme is to further develop the relationships between National Central Bureaus (NCBs), border security, customs and counter-terrorism experts on a regional basis by providing enhanced training in international best practice and the use of INTERPOL’s tool and services.

Director of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training, Dale Sheehan also underlined the need for participants to share the experience gained during the course with their colleagues at the national level.

Consul General for Canada in Mumbai, Richard Bale who attended the opening of the meeting said, “Terrorist organizations are more sophisticated than ever. Our high-tech world has made communication possible with almost anyone, anywhere, instantaneously. It means that terrorist operations are better supported and more coordinated than ever. It is a pleasure to see law enforcement officials from Asia gathered together to focus on the common goal of preventing and combating terrorism.”

Instructors at the Mumbai course came from across the Indian security community, including the Mumbai Police, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigative Agency, as well as from the INTERPOL General Secretariat, Lyon.