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03 May 2017

INTERPOL and regional police organizations meet to enhance cooperation

LYON, France – INTERPOL has gathered senior law enforcement officials from the world’s regional police organizations to strengthen police collaboration across regions and continents against global threats.
 
The two-day (3 and 4 May) Dialogue on an Effective Multilateral Policing Architecture against Global Threats is being held at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters and aims to create a strong global policing architecture by clarifying the roles of each organization, identifying areas for coordinating activities and encouraging greater information exchange.
 
Senior representatives from organizations including the Arab Interior Ministers Council (AIMC), AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Europol, and the Gulf Cooperation Council’s GCCPOL, will review current policing structures and activities, identify overlaps and devise strategies for mitigating them. Frontex and the UNODC are also attending the meeting as observers.
 
Opening the meeting, INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei said: “Law enforcement and security organizations have a unique opportunity to enhance their cooperation to take on global security challenges. Multilateral policing is an important component of that cooperation requiring all key players to better align their activities, share resources and join strengths.”
 
With the dialogue part of joint efforts by INTERPOL and regional police organizations to set a roadmap for future collaborative action, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said: “Police cooperation needs to be ensured across a wider realm, across continents and across different sectors against global threats such as cybercrime, terrorism and the movement of foreign terrorist fighters, which have given birth to a multitude of police responses.”
 
“Our goal is to remove any gaps to improve the global exchange of police information amongst regional organizations and INTERPOL, and build bridges for enhanced cooperation – within our shared membership, our regions, and across the globe,” added Secretary General Stock.
 
In this respect, topics to be discussed during the dialogue meeting include the four proposed pillars for a global policing architecture: joint coordination of strategies and processes; the creation of single national nodes – or contact points – in each national police system; ensuring that frontline officers have a streamlined access of information; and the establishment of global police standards to harmonize policing frameworks worldwide.

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