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11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, examined areas in which Italy can strengthen its cooperation with the world police body.

As Italy will hold the European Union presidency during the second half of 2014, Prefect Pansa and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble considered ways the two organizations can work in collaboration to more effectively fight transnational crime, especially in the fields of cybercrime and asset recovery.

One such project currently under way is an Italian-led initiative adopted by the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2013 to promote global action on asset recovery. To implement the initiative, INTERPOL will establish an Expert Working Group to identify current challenges to international cooperation on asset recovery and put forth potential solutions.

Prefect Pansa also highlighted Italy’s strong support of programmes being developed by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) to assist member countries in the fight against cybercrime, and pledged that the country would take an active role in promoting a secure cyberspace. 

“Cybercrime is one of the most serious threats to global security, with advances in technology allowing criminals to develop ever-more sophisticated methods,” said Prefect Pansa.

“To counter this threat, Italy will share its knowledge and expertise with INTERPOL and the IGCI, in order to enhance the global fight against cybercrime and ensure criminals cannot conduct their activities in the virtual world,” he concluded.

Further discussions addressed the possibility of INTERPOL providing assistance and expertise in support of security preparations for the Expo 2015 to be held in Milan.

In addition to its active role in international activities focusing on the areas of stolen works of art, trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting, and organized crime, Italy is also a leader in efforts to promote integrity in sports and was the first country to endorse the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative to target match-fixing and corruption in football.

“Italy continues to be a strong ally to INTERPOL and proponent of international police cooperation in all its forms. I look forward to many future collaborative endeavours,” said Secretary General Noble.

Prefect Pansa was accompanied by Prefect Francesco Cirillo, Deputy Director General of Public Security and Director of the Central Directorate of Criminal Police; and Filippo Dispenza, INTERPOL Executive Committee Delegate for Europe.

The delegation was also updated on the progress of the IGCI building, under construction in Singapore, and toured the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre.