Spanish police chief visit to INTERPOL reinforces commitment to international law enforcement cooperation
LYON, France – Enhancing international law enforcement cooperation through increased support for training activities benefiting INTERPOL and its member countries was the focus of talks between Spain’s Director General of Police, Ignacio Cosido Gutierrez, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
The visit provided an opportunity to review common crime issues and police needs facing INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, including training and capacity building, drug trafficking, cybercrime, economic and financial crimes, and trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting.
In addition, Mr Cosido Gutierrez offered the services of Spain's National Police to provide training and capacity building assistance to INTERPOL’s member countries, to enhance law enforcement skills in regions such as Central and South America and North Africa.
“If police and other law enforcement officers worldwide do not have the skills necessary to keep their countries and regions safe, it creates a vulnerability for international criminal organizations to exploit,” said Mr Cosido Gutierrez.
Secretary General Noble underlined Spain’s active role in combating transnational crimes, in particular through the country’s participation in a range of INTERPOL-led operations targeting drug and human trafficking and the online sale of illicit medicines.
“Spain’s active participation in international law enforcement initiatives has had a positive influence on national, regional and global security. At a time when we are seeing the expansion of transnational organized crime, the Spanish police understand that collaboration with INTERPOL and with their counterparts worldwide is crucial not only to the safety of all of Europe,” said the INTERPOL Chief.
Spain joined nearly 100 countries worldwide in INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea VI, which shut down illegal online pharmacies selling counterfeit or fake medicines to unsuspecting consumers. In all, 9.8 million potentially dangerous medicines worth some USD 41 million were seized.
In December 2012, Spanish law enforcement agencies took part in Operation Opson II to combat the transnational criminal networks behind the illicit trade of fake and substandard food and drink. The operation resulted in the confiscation of more than 200 tonnes of counterfeit or potentially hazardous food items.
The Spanish delegation, which included Chief Superintendent and Head of the International Police Cooperation Unit, Francisco J. Aranda, and Advisors to the Director General Isidoro Zamorano and Luis de Eusebio, were also briefed on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, a state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in Singapore in 2014 which will enhance INTERPOL’s technological capabilities.