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25 November 2011 - Media release

Rio 2016 security chief updated on law enforcement initiatives during INTERPOL visit

LYON, France – The Security Director of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Dr Luiz Fernando Corrêa, has been updated on a series of INTERPOL security initiatives aimed at supporting law enforcement worldwide.

During his visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters on Friday when he met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, Security Director Corrêa was briefed on the range of INTERPOL’s tools and services which the world police organization provides to its 190 member countries, including the deployment of INTERPOL Major Events Support Teams (IMESTs) for international events.

Dr Corrêa said: “It is fundamental to take advantage of the historic cooperation between INTERPOL and Brazil for our future collaboration with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This support needs to start as soon as possible to better ensure security for the Games.”

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the Brazilian delegation’s visit to INTERPOL is ‘a significant opportunity’ to collectively address the challenges of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Security is a key factor in organizing and staging important sporting events. With potentially millions of visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, securing these events presents an immense challenge to law enforcement,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Securing a major international sporting event requires timely global police coordination and access to global criminal databases and this is precisely what INTERPOL brings to its member countries.

“It is crucial that all stakeholders, including law enforcement, national and international sports associations, governments and the private sector, work hand-in-hand to address this complex security challenge,” concluded the Head of INTERPOL.

IMEST team members assist the national and foreign liaison officers of participating countries in making the most efficient use of INTERPOL’s full array of databases such as its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database which today includes more than 30 million entries. They facilitate real-time exchange of messages and vital police data, including fingerprints, photos, wanted person notices and data relating to stolen motor vehicles.

To date, some 70 IMESTs have provided support to countries across the world, with the next such deployment planned for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

INTERPOL's largest-ever IMEST, comprising 50 officers from 32 countries, was deployed to support the South African Police Service ahead of and during the FIFA 2010 football World Cup.

Dr Corrêa’s delegation included Jorge Barbosa Pontes, Federal Police Commissioner, Embassy of Brazil in Paris and former INTERPOL Executive Committee Member, and Flavia Diniz, Security Institutional Relations Manager, Rio 2016 Organizing Committee.