INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation reaches new heights
SINGAPORE – A milestone in the development of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) and 21st century policing solutions has been reached, with the highest point of the building structure being put in place.
The event was marked with a high-level ‘topping out’ ceremony on Monday, involving Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli; INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble; Singapore’s Senior Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Khoo Boon Hui; and Singapore Police Force Commissioner Ng Joo Hee.
“Criminals are quick to adapt, exploiting the benefits of globalization, as well as the regulatory gaps in place. This has resulted in police today facing new crime challenges that are increasingly complex and intertwined,” said Senior Minister of State Masagos Zulkifli.
“It is clear that the security environment is changing rapidly. It is crucial for police to stay ahead of criminals by understanding new trends and responding with innovative solutions.”
“The IGCI brings a bold and strategic response by INTERPOL to address the need for law enforcement to innovate. The Complex will look into emerging crimes while developing future policing solutions,” added Mr Zulkifli.
INTERPOL Secretary General Noble said the topping out ceremony marked a significant step towards a stronger international policing community, with the IGCI including state-of-the-art capacity building and training when it opens in late 2014.
“The IGCI represents a new paradigm for international policing. The cultivation of cutting-edge expertise in cybercrime, for example, has been rendered possible through developing partnerships with the private sector,” said the INTERPOL Chief.
Pointing to INTERPOL’s partnerships with Kaspersky Lab, NEC Corporation and Trend Micro, Mr Noble underlined how in addition to law enforcement, their representatives will be working closely with those from academia and governmental organizations at the IGCI.
Mr Noble also recalled how less than a week ago, 14 individuals were arrested in Singapore for their suspected links to a transnational match-fixing network. “These arrests were the outcome of successful cooperation between Singapore and INTERPOL’s Global Anti-Match-fixing Taskforce,” said Secretary General Noble.
Lauding Singapore’s efforts in dismantling one of the world’s most notorious match-fixing rings, Mr Noble added: “No objectively minded person can deny Singapore’s commitment to rooting out match-fixing wherever it can be found. Nor can anyone deny Singapore’s effectiveness in building its own cases using its own laws.”
The INTERPOL Chief said the Organization’s involvement in the fight against match-fixing had been growing since its partnership with FIFA in 2011, which led to the creation of INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport unit which will be based at the IGCI in a specialized training wing.
“Results obtained from working together in an interconnected world are a constant testimony to INTERPOL’s belief in furthering global police cooperation. Progress is being made towards forging more partnerships for tackling transnational crime, and helping our 190 member countries better face the challenges of the 21st century,” concluded Secretary General Noble.
The senior officials at Monday’s IGCI ceremony paid their respects to the many innocent victims of Saturday’s Nairobi gun assault by suspected al-Shabab militants, with a number of hostages still reportedly held.