Montenegro Police Chief visit to INTERPOL underlines commitment to international police cooperation
LYON, France – Identifying areas where Montenegro can further benefit from INTERPOL’s global tools and law enforcement network was the focus of today’s visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by Montenegro’s Police Director, Slavko Stojanović.
Cross-border law enforcement initiatives to tackle crimes ranging from human trafficking to financial fraud, as well as cooperation in identifying and locating international fugitives, were on the agenda during Mr Stojanović’s meeting with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“INTERPOL is a strategic partner for Montenegrin police in exchanging intelligence data through the implementation of modern services and global tools in fighting all forms of organized crime,” said Mr Stojanović.
“It is through this strong cooperation with INTERPOL that the Montenegro Police directorate has participated and contributed to a number of important projects, notably Pink Panthers and Infra-Red, which have resulted in a significant number of arrests internationally.
“The INTERPOL family can count on Montenegro police as valuable partner in the fight against all types of organized crime,” concluded Mr Stojanović.
Secretary General Noble highlighted how Montenegro’s police are ensuring it remains safe for its citizens, business and visitors through its use of INTERPOL’s global tools. In addition to being in the top 10 users of the world police organization’s Stolen Motor Vehicles database and in the top 15 for checks against the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, the overall number of searches of all INTERPOL databases by Montenegro makes it the second highest in the world in terms of search-to-citizen ratio.
“Montenegro is a model INTERPOL member country in many ways, punching well above its weight in terms of its size and population,” said Mr Noble.
“It is not just through their use of INTERPOL’s global databases that Montenegro’s authorities and Police Director Stojanović consistently demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their citizens and visitors.
“It is also Montenegro’s willingness to engage with the global law enforcement community at all levels, from installing the latest technology for faster fingerprint exchange and identification, to their involvement in operations to locate and arrest dangerous international fugitives, which makes them a key player in global law enforcement,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief
Accompanied by Mr Milan Tomic, Deputy Director, Head of Criminal Police Department, Mr Dejan Djurovic, Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Podgorica and Ms Selma Mehovic, Head of international police cooperation, Director Stojanović also visited INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre and was briefed on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in 2014.
In addition to hosting the INTERPOL European Regional Conference in 2010, Montenegro was the 100th member country officially visited by Secretary General Noble. In 2012 Montenegro became just the second country in the world to benefit from the deployment of a special INTERPOL support team during the summer tourist season to ensure that Montenegrin police benefitted from rapid access to information about foreign tourists if required.