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15 February 2011

South American officers participate in INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme

BOGOTA, Colombia - Police officers from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are taking part in the fourth Americas regional INTERPOL Mobile Police Training Programme, organized by the INTERPOL General Secretariat with support from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Bogota.

The three-week programme (7-25 February), supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) comprises four modules aimed at enhancing knowledge and use of international police co-operation and includes issues such as regional threat and needs assessments, intercultural skills and use of INTERPOL’s global network and databases

At the official opening, attended by senior Colombian police officials, Canadian Embassy representatives and guests from DEA, ICE and the USSS joined the opening ceremony, Major General Rafael Parra Garzon, Assistant Director of the Colombian National Police, highlighted the importance of this capacity building programme for the region in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and kidnapping, as it enhances the relationship amongst the NCBs of the region. Steeves Veilleux, representing the Canadian Embassy in Bogota, expressed the thanks of the Canadian Government to INTERPOL as a partner in their worldwide Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program.

Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL’s Director of Police Training and Development, emphasized INTERPOL’s commitment to training within the region using regional expertise, and extended his thanks to NCB Bogota for providing excellent support in preparing and carrying out this event.

This fourth session in Colombia completes the training initiative for all countries in the Caribbean, Central and South American region. The first session was held in El Salvador in September/October, attended by 15 participants from six Central American countries and Mexico, the second one in Bridgetown in November with 21 participants from nineteen Caribbean countries, and the third in Buenos Aires in November/ December 2010 with 16 police officers from eight countries in South America.