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21 May 2013 - Media release

Singapore visit to INTERPOL highlights how strong international collaboration enhances policing worldwide

LYON, France – Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as part of collaborative efforts between Singapore and INTERPOL against 21st century threats such as cybercrime.

During his visit to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters, the first by a Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo was briefed on the world police body’s full range of tools and services which assist law enforcement globally on a daily basis and which in 2012 alone facilitated some 9,000 arrests worldwide.

With preparations for establishing the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) due to open in Singapore in 2014 on the agenda, the visit provided an opportunity for Deputy Prime Minister Teo and Secretary General Noble to review security issues, INTERPOL operations and international police cooperation.

Commending the excellent work of INTERPOL, Deputy Prime Minister Teo said: “There is much that INTERPOL has accumulated in terms of knowledge, network and processes over its long history, we hope that  with the IGCI in Singapore, this network that is built up in Lyon will be able to spread and the good work that you have done will be multiplied through the IGCI, not just in Asia, but throughout the world.” Deputy Prime Minister Teo was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, including Senior Deputy Secretary and former INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.

A recent success in INTERPOL’s  cooperation with Singapore saw the arrest in Milan of Admir Suljic, a suspected international match-fixer wanted by Italian authorities and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert. His arrest followed close cooperation between Italian and Singaporean Police working through their INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon to track and apprehend Suljic as he travelled from Singapore to Italy.

Describing Singapore as an active and valued member country, Secretary General Noble said: “The successful international operation involving Singapore to apprehend Admir Suljic is exactly the type of result which can be achieved when police share information in real time and use INTERPOL’s global network to locate, identify and arrest suspects.”

With the establishment of the IGCI in Singapore opening the way towards a reinforced presence of INTERPOL in the region, Mr Noble highlighted its ‘decisive role in fostering effective 21st century international police cooperation’ and in meeting the needs of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries for technology and innovation-based police training and capacity-building.

“With criminals taking ever greater advantage of technology and law enforcement facing increasing challenges, the IGCI will allow INTERPOL and global policing to remain one step ahead of transnational criminals by relying upon high-tech crime expertise as well as on Singapore’s and Asia’s dynamism and culture of innovation,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The establishment of the IGCI will herald a milestone in the history of international law enforcement and of INTERPOL, and underscores Singapore’s exceptional commitment to international security,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.