Tackling organized crime in Southeast Asia
Sitting geographically in the heart of Southeast Asia, Brunei’s strong economy and easy accessibility by air, sea, and land transport make it attractive to criminal enterprise. The two crime areas which most affect Brunei are cybercrime and terrorism.
Brunei’s efforts to contain terrorism concentrate principally identifying who enters and leaves the country through strong border management and global intelligence sharing. The national police have foiled several attempted terrorist attacks over the past few years.
Cybercrime cases range from bank scams to theft of identity and romance scams over social media generally committed by networks operating in other parts of the world.
INTERPOL in Brunei
NCB Brunei is part of the Royal Brunei Police Force and sits structurally in the International Affairs Unit. Headed by the Commissioner of Police, the Head of International Affairs is in charge of the day-to-day running of the NCB.
The NCB serves as a liaison platform for Royal Brunei Police Force units and national law enforcement agencies, providing them with a means of working at a global level. It gives them access to INTERPOL policing tools and services to help them tackle their specific crime areas, particularly for fugitive and drug investigations, and environmental crimes.
The NCB circulates INTERPOL alerts on emerging crime trends and new security threats to all national law enforcement, and updates counter-terrorism units on threats to public health and safety.
National law enforcement
The Royal Brunei Police Force is made up of six police departments, four police districts and 13 police stations. It has a strength of more than 4,400 officers, and is responsible for the prevention, detection and investigation of crime at national level, as well as maintaining law and order.