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18 February 2013 - Media release

Enhancing international law enforcement cooperation and training focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Bahrain’s Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, as well as senior law enforcement officials, as part of efforts by the world police body and Bahrain to cooperate further on information exchange and training against transnational crime in the region.

Bahrain’s Interior Minister highlighted plans to develop police training programmes between the country’s Royal Police Academy and INTERPOL.  With INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) due to open in Singapore in 2014, the minister identified the IGCI as an important platform for INTERPOL and Bahrain to collaborate on preventing and fighting cybercrime.

With discussions also covering maritime piracy, Mr Noble recalled how, together with INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force, Bahrain is an active participant of the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) initiative which began in 2008, providing a forum to coordinate activities between countries and coalitions involved in military counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean. SHADE meetings are regularly hosted by Bahrain.

Bahrain will also be one of the participating countries within a new anti-drug trafficking joint initiative that will start later this year and undertaken by INTERPOL, UNODC and WCO, related to the trafficking of synthetic drugs produced and smuggled  from South East European countries and the Near East to countries in the Middle East.

“Bahrain is a country which today has recognized that security is not just an internal issue when it comes to transnational organized crime,” said Mr Noble, who also deplored the murder of a police officer during recent protests in the country.

While in Manama the Head of INTERPOL also visited the General Directorate Anti-Corruption, Economic and Cybercrime, as well as INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau.