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22 May 2015

Enhancing international police cooperation focus of meeting between Chinese Vice-Minister and INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France – Enhancing cooperation in combating transnational crime and police training were key issues during a meeting between China’s Vice-Minister for Public Security, Chongyuan Xia, and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

With increased globalization, Vice-Minister Xia and Secretary General Stock both recognized that INTERPOL’s role in international law enforcement cooperation will continue to grow. During the visit it was announced that additional officers from China will be seconded to INTERPOL in order to further improve the flow of information between the two.

“The Ministry of Public Security of China attaches great importance to its cooperation with INTERPOL. We will continue to support INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts in all areas of law enforcement cooperation and in combating all forms of transnational crime,” said the Vice-Minister.

Secretary General Stock welcomed China’s continued commitment to global law enforcement cooperation via INTERPOL, in particular through its secondment of additional officers to the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon and also to the IGCI.

“With the increasingly interconnected nature of transnational crime, involvement and support from our member countries is more important than ever,” said Secretary General Stock.

“China’s decision to increase the number of their police officers at both the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters and the IGCI will help enhance security not just for their citizens but also for the Asian region and beyond.”

The recently opened IGCI is cutting-edge research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals. Bringing together law enforcement representatives, private sector experts and academics, it will conduct strategic trend monitoring and real-time analysis of emerging threats to digital security to support police in each of its 190 member countries.

In addition to being updated on INTERPOL’s global tools and services, Vice-Minister Xia, who was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Public Security, was also briefed on INTERPOL’s capacity building and training strategy.

In 2014, more than 9,000 participants took part in some 313 INTERPOL training sessions, workshops, seminars, conferences and other educational meetings around the world. These activities aim to provide law enforcement on the ground with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively combat transnational crime.