Members of INTERPOL’s Executive Committee and dignitaries.
A number of cooperation agreements will be signed during the four-day conference.
The conference brings together some 630 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials from 144 countries.
The General Assembly will address a range of issues including strengthening border security, drugs trafficking, counterfeiting, arms trafficking and cybercrime.
The Director General of the Colombian National Police, Major General Rodolfo Palomino López, highlighted the role of new information technologies in international police cooperation.
While the idea of INTERPOL was born nearly one hundred years ago, “it is essential that we remain innovative to continue to meet the expectations of our 190 member countries,” said INTERPOL President, Mireille Ballestrazzi.
Opening the General Assembly, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón underlined the importance for police of sharing knowledge, experience and information via INTERPOL.
INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi, The Hon. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno Minister of National Defence of Colombia, INTERPOL Secretary Ronald K. Noble, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón visit the General Assembly technology exhibition.
The General Assembly provides an opportunity for police leaders to take stock of the challenges facing law enforcement today.
INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, emphasized the importance of partnerships with the public and private sectors.
The 82nd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly opened in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with a focus on tackling emerging global crime threats.
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, addresses the opening panel.
The 82nd session of the INTERPOL General Assembly was hosted by the Colombian National Police.
The General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of member countries.
President Calderón greets members of INTERPOL’s Executive Committee.
Mireille Ballestrazzi chairs her first General Assembly as INTERPOL President.
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, addresses INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble.
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, with INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble.
INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.
INTERPOL President, Mireille Ballestrazzi, speaking at the press conference.
Colombian dancers perform at the opening ceremony.
The Hon. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Minister of National Defence of Colombia, took part in a ministerial panel discussing global security and terrorism.