Police information exchange focus of INTERPOL regional training
VIENTIANE, Laos – Participants from ASEAN Countries have attended an INTERPOL training session on I-link, a web-based operational system developed by INTERPOL to improve information exchange among law enforcement officers in member countries and help connect investigations.
The INTERPOL I-link Train-the-Trainer Certification Course (10 - 20 May) brought together 23 National Central Bureau officials from nine ASEAN member states: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Police Colonel Thonglex Mungnormek, Deputy Chief of the Laos Police Force, highlighted to participants the role of such training activities in enhancing the capacity of ASEAN countries to prevent and combat transnational crime.
With the training part of a larger three-year project funded by the Government of Canada through its counter-terrorism capacity building programme, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN, Marie-Louise Hannan, also underlined at the event the importance of capacity building and training in improving law enforcement cooperation across the region to address threats such as terrorism.
The training was organized under the auspices of INTERPOL’s capacity building programme on improving counter-terrorism investigations and international collaboration in ASEAN member states. Under this programme, INTERPOL has trained more than 200 law enforcement officials since August 2014.