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02 November 2011

Ecuador to expand access to global policing tools with INTERPOL support

HANOI, Vietnam – INTERPOL is to support Ecuador expand access to the organization’s vital policing tools to better assist frontline law enforcement officers in the country combat national, regional and global crime.

During a meeting on the sidelines of the INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Director of Ecuador’s Judicial Police, Ernesto Solano de la Sala agreed that the INTERPOL General Secretariat will provide 50,000 US dollars to the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Quito for technical equipment to support the extension of INTERPOL’s secure communications system, I-24/7 to strategic points throughout the country.

This expansion means that officers throughout the country will be able to instantly access a range of INTERPOL’s global databases so that they can immediately verify if the person before them is using a stolen car, travelling on a fraudulent document or is internationally wanted.

The announcement follows Mr Noble’s mission to Ecuador earlier this year- the first ever by an INTERPOL Secretary General – where the work of NCB Quito in providing the crucial link between national police and other member countries was recognized and the expansion of I-24/7 will now build on this strong base.