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06 April 2018

Regions underpin our global police architecture – INTERPOL Chief

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Head of INTERPOL has underlined the need for continuous dialogue between INTERPOL and police chiefs from across all regions so that cooperation keeps pace with constantly evolving global threats.

Speaking at the 1st Chiefs of Police Meeting for South America, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said it is necessary to build the solid basis now for strong future cooperation.

“We know that the threats are many and the challenges too complex for any region to face alone. We need to establish today regional security needs through dialogue and cooperation so we can shape a global response against regional threats,” said Secretary General Stock.

The meeting heard that with 18 specialized global databases – including for stolen and lost travel documents, forensic data, child sexual exploitation and illicit firearms – vital police information available to INTERPOL is provided to police on the frontlines through each INTERPOL National Central Bureau.

The South American region has some of the countries that have most successfully managed to integrate INTERPOL’s technical solutions into their national systems so that police on the frontlines can directly access INTERPOL’s databases.

“The technological evolutions of our world today mean we must propose solutions to face crime challenges more effectively. The exchange of police information stands out as the essence of our cooperation so we can protect the communities we serve,” added Mr Stock.

INTERPOL has redesigned its operational framework to include three global programmes against terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime, with characteristics and solutions specific to each region.

In this respect, with fugitives posing a serious threat to public safety through their mobility and opportunism, INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit is supporting the EL PAcCTO project (Europa-Latinoamérica Programa de asistencia contra el crimen transnacional organizado: por el Estado de Derecho y la Seguridad ciudadana).

The project aims to create and develop a fugitive investigations network dedicated to identifying, prioritizing and targeting high-risk criminals by enhancing interregional cooperation and information exchange. It is part of an EU-funded five-year programme which will be launched next week in Buenos Aires.

Senior officials in attendance at the meeting included the Chief of the Argentine Federal Police, Nestor Roncaglia; INTERPOL Executive Committee Vice President for the Americas, Todd Shean; and the Director General of the Brazilian Federal Police, Rogerio Galloro, who is also INTERPOL's Executive Committee Delegate for the Americas.

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