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28 April 2014

Visit to INTERPOL by Dubai Police focuses on enhancing cooperation

LYON, France – Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to enhance collaborative efforts between Dubai and INTERPOL against emerging transnational crime threats.

During his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters, Lieutenant General Tamim was updated on INTERPOL’s global tools and services which assist law enforcement worldwide on a daily basis.

“In our increasingly globalized world, national and local law enforcement agencies can only be effective by adopting an international approach to policing. The Dubai Police therefore remain committed to reinforcing our close relationship with INTERPOL, and through it the global law enforcement community,” said Lt. Gen. Tamim. 

Secretary General Noble commended the use of INTERPOL’s global databases by authorities across the United Arab Emirates. The country ranks second worldwide in overall searches of the Organization’s databases with 24.2 million searches so far this year, placing third in the use of the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD ) database with nearly 17 million searches to date.

“Systematically screening travellers against INTERPOL’s databases to prevent wanted individuals or those using stolen travel documents from entering is a crucial step towards ensuring global security.

“I applaud the UAE for making full use of the SLTD and all of INTERPOL’s databases to protect the safety not only of their own citizens, but of those throughout the region and worldwide,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A recent success of INTERPOL’s cooperation with police in Dubai saw the arrest of five Armenian nationals connected with a homicide and the theft of diamonds worth USD 1 million from a Dubai jewellery shop. After the suspects boarded a plane from Dubai to Yerevan, Armenia, close collaboration between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Abu Dhabi and Yerevan via the Command and Coordination Centre in Lyon resulted in all five suspects being placed in custody when their flight landed.  

In addition, Lieutenant General Tamim was also presented with a commemorative INTERPOL Fund for a Safer World medal in recognition of his commitment to turning back crime at the local, national and global levels.