Dialogue on an effective multilateral policing architecture against global threats

The Dialogue brings international and regional law enforcement bodies together to ensure a coordinated approach to global security threats.

What is the Dialogue?

The Dialogue is a unique process that gathers all the world’s regional policing organizations and other major intergovernmental security stakeholders under INTERPOL’s global umbrella, to maintain regular high-level discussions about coordinating our efforts against global threats.

This high-level process was established in 2016 out of INTERPOL’s strong belief in the importance of adopting a comprehensive and coordinated global approach when addressing cross-continental security threats.

It strives to improve mutual cooperation, enhance exchange of information and best practices, and minimize duplication between key international and regional law enforcement stakeholders.

Who participates?

The Dialogue includes high-level delegates from the following organizations: AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, the Economic Cooperation Organization, EUROPOL, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL, as well as INTERPOL. There are two observer organizations: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and UNODC.

Why is the Dialogue needed?

Our collective success in tackling global crime threats depends on aligning our strategies, and coordinating our operational efforts together with all regional policing and border management organizations. This ensures complementarity and avoids duplication of efforts or missed opportunities.

It is important to remove obstacles to information sharing between the organizations, and to ensure that this information is accessible to police and customs officers at the border frontlines, in order to be able to intercept successfully the movement of terrorists and criminals.

June 2019 Dialogue

Countering the illegal cross-continental movements of individuals and commodities: The cases of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and drugs trafficking.

The focus of the 2019 edition of the Dialogue from 12-13 June 2019 is on countering the cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters, as well as the movement of commodities, such as drugs.

Criminals and terrorists have no geopolitical concerns in moving across borders and regions, and cooperating and collaborating with one another from one end to the next.

A major challenge for law enforcement when dealing with issues like transnational organized crime and foreign terrorist fighters is the sufficiency of global information exchange on these trends, as well as the accessibility to the information at border-crossing points.

The United Nations Security Council and other multilateral platforms such as the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL and the G7 recognize that sharing information through INTERPOL’s global network is vital to effectively address those global threats.

The Dialogue provides a much-needed multilateral platform allowing INTERPOL and regional policing organizations to exchange views about their respective border security strategies and capabilities.

These exchanges ensure that the systems that we put in place to exchange information and intercept criminals work well together.

June 2019 Dialogue: Outcome declaration highlights

May 2017 Dialogue: Outcome declaration highlights

  • Law enforcement agencies to play a prominent role coordinated and discharged through neutral channels, devoid of political influence;
  • Fundamental need to share information among law enforcement agencies within strict compliance of the legal framework to which they are subject;
  • Advocate to the governing bodies of represented organizations the strengthening of joint coordination platforms among multilateral police bodies, organizations, or institutions;
  • Focus the dialogue’s process on four areas of cooperation:
    • i. Designing a global platform to share plans and align operational action within respective mandates and in compliance with policy cycles and governance bodies;
    • ii. Recommending to national authorities either the creation of a single node for international police cooperation (preferred) or the adoption of standard operating procedures allowing for better operational integration (intermediate measure);
    • iii. Streamlining the access to operational information by frontline police by relying on INTERPOL I-24/7 network;
    • iv. Exploring the development of a global policing architecture and standards focused on shared priority challenges of an operational and technical nature.

March 2016 Dialogue: Outcome declaration highlights

  • Key role of cross-border policing and information exchange both at the intra-regional and inter-regional level in addressing current and impending security threats;
  • Need for greater mutual cooperation, exchange of best practices and minimizing duplication between international and regional police stakeholders;
  • Common principles to be explored to set up a homogenous framework for the enhancement of mutual trust and effective cooperation among participating organizations;
  • Common efforts to identify existing strengths and outstanding gaps in current multilateral policing architecture;
  • INTERPOL to act as a central repository of strategic threat assessments for circulation as allowed by their classification.