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03 June 2008

Mexico to link its databases with INTERPOL’s in unique new partnership

Police in all INTERPOL’s 186 member countries will soon be able to access criminal information from Mexico as a result of an innovative new partnership agreed between Mexico and INTERPOL.

Within two months, Mexico will make its police databases available to all INTERPOL member countries by linking up its Plataforma México (Mexican platform) to I-24/7, INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system.

The link means that Mexico will automatically populate INTERPOL’s databases on wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles as it updates its own databases. In addition, when a Mexican police officer interrogates a national database, he will seamlessly view INTERPOL data at the same time.

The offer was made during a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat by a Mexican delegation, headed by José Francisco Niembro González, Mexico’s Undersecretary for Evaluation and Development at the Secretariat for Public Security, accompanied by Ricardo Gutiérrez Vargas, the head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau for Mexico.

'Sharing this valuable information with other countries is essential for making police intelligence effective worldwide. It will give Mexico improved access to INTERPOL services, and will give police in other countries access to information about Mexicans to assist their investigations,' said Undersecretary José Francisco Niembro González.

The 'Mexican platform' is a technological telecommunications and information system that integrates all police databases related to public security, so that police and judicial officials have all the information needed to prevent and fight crime in a cohesive manner.

'This is an example of the unique role that INTERPOL can play in international policing. Police worldwide need the information in INTERPOL’s databases to fight transnational crimes, and Mexico is ensuring that it is supporting this need for its own officers and for those in other countries,' said Jean-Michel Louboutin, INTERPOL’s Executive Director for Police Services.