Visit by Romania’s Inspector General of Police to INTERPOL emphasizes role of international law enforcement cooperation
LYON, France – Enhancing international cooperation against transnational organized crime was the focus of a meeting today between Romania’s Inspector General of Police, Liviu Popa, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Law enforcement initiatives against cross-border crimes such as human trafficking, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and financial fraud, as well as cooperation in identifying and locating international fugitives, topped the agenda during Mr Popa’s visit, which also provided an opportunity for reviewing the global tools and services INTERPOL provides to its 190 member countries.
"Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for Romanian police. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas where we can collaborate even more closely for the benefit of citizens and police in Romania as well as beyond its borders,” said Romania’s Inspector General of Police, Liviu Popa.
With Romania the third highest-user amongst countries in the Schengen zone of INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database – which contains 31.3 million entries from 161 member countries – Secretary General Noble congratulated Mr Popa on Romania’s “exemplary and active” collaboration with INTERPOL and the global law enforcement community.
In their meeting, Mr Noble also lauded Romania’s role in the recent arrest in Spain of a Romanian national wanted internationally. Close collaboration between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Romania and Spain and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters led to the arrest in Spain in October 2011 of Romanian Red Notice suspect Ioan Clamparu.
The wanted man had been on the run from his native Romania for eight years where he has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for people and drugs trafficking. Clamparu was one of 450 international fugitives targeted by INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red in July 2010 which aimed to locate individuals convicted of serious crimes.
“The decision by Romania to share information on its own crime case with the international police community, and the coordination between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Bucharest and Madrid and its fugitives unit in Lyon, were crucial to this case,” said Mr Noble.
"International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and Romania is therefore vital for the region and beyond. A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL's global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens not just in Romania but also in the region and worldwide," added Secretary General Noble.
Talks during Mr Popa’s visit also included a review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014. Mr Popa was accompanied by the Head of NCB Bucharest and Police Chief Commissioner Lacramioara Petrescu, as well as by Police Commissioner and Director of Romanian’s International Police Cooperation Centre, Mihai Lucian Friptu.