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03 February 2015

Brunei hosts INTERPOL counter-terrorism course for Asean countries

BRUNEI – Using INTERPOL’s tools to enhance counter-terrorism investigation capacity and collaboration was the focus of a training course for ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries.

Bringing together some 25 representatives from nine National Central Bureaus (NCBs), the two-week (19 – 30 January) course, supported by the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Canadian Government, was the fourth in series held across the region.

Key areas covered during the course included the latest developments to INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system and encouraging its increased use for searching, adding and integrating information into INTERPOL’s nominal databases, to assist frontline officers at border checkpoints and general investigations.

The training also incorporated a two-day meeting for high-level delegates, including heads of NCBs and immigration, to discuss future projects on strengthening border management and strategies to boost international cooperation in combating terrorism.

Since its launch in August 2014, more than 100 officers have been trained as part of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme on Improving Counter-Terrorism Investigation and International Collaboration in ASEAN member countries.

Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Wahab bin Pengiran Haji Omar, Executive Director at ASEANAPOL Secretariat, underlined the importance of using INTERPOL tools: “Through these initiatives, ASEAN member countries will use INTERPOL’s pool of rich information to its greatest extent.”

Dato Paduka Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Chairman of ASEAN’s Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime, said: “I would encourage trained and certified personnel to utilize and apply these enhanced skills and resources, to provide a telling contribution to the peace and security of the ASEAN community and the world at large, and to disrupt potential criminal and terrorist networks.”

Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin bin Mohd. Noor, Commissioner of Police of Brunei, presented certificates to participants during the closing ceremony which was also attended by Marina Laker, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei. Since 2010, Canada has invested more than CAD17 million in the development of INTERPOL capacity building programmes.

The nine countries which took part in this phase of the training were: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.