BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei – Addressing the 38th ASEANAPOL Conference, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said that a solid grasp of regional operational priorities was essential in developing a global security architecture.
The INTERPOL Chief said the Organization provided a gateway for law enforcement across ASEAN to connect with other regions as part of a worldwide response to today’s crime and terrorism threats.
Tailored solutions, including the creation of the ASEAN Cyber Coordination Desk within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore, ensured the smooth information flow to support targeted responses.
Cybercrime was also the focus of discussions between Secretary General Stock, the Crown Prince of Brunei and the Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force during his first official visit to the country.
Mr Stock also praised the significant joint operational and training activities undertaken over the past 12 years since the signing of a cooperation agreement between INTERPOL and ASEANAPOL.
The expansion of access to INTERPOL’s global databases to 26 transit hubs across the region which has resulted in a six-fold increase in checks, was also highlighted by the Secretary General.
Looking towards the future, Secretary General Stock said the Regional Counter Terrorism Node to be based within the IGCI, would help enhance terrorist-related information exchange and operational coordination.
INTERPOL’s counter-terrorism engagement both within the ASEAN region and beyond has seen results from border screening operations targeting foreign terrorist fighters, known bomb-makers and precursor materials.
The 10 ASEANAPOL member countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.