DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – An INTERPOL-led initiative to empower the next generation of international police leaders has taken place in Dubai.
The first INTERPOL Young Global Police Leaders Programme aimed to inform promising young leaders about emerging trends in policing and provide them with mentoring from experienced officers to guide them on the path to international leadership roles.
Co-hosted by the Dubai Police and co-organized with the Dubai Youth Council, the four-day (1 – 4 September) forum brought together 31 participants from law enforcement agencies in 27 countries, creating a strong network to tackle the challenges facing police in the future.
INTERPOL President Kim Jong Yang told the participants, “Our Organization is fully engaged to build a bridge between present and future so we can all prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
“As future leaders of police, you will have to work on how to integrate innovation into your strategic thinking in order to prepare for the next challenge awaiting law enforcement. We are ready to support you in this endeavour,” added President Kim.
The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also visited the forum, where participants discussed their views on the current and future challenges for police worldwide, and learned about global cooperation and working in an international context.
Addressing the forum, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock emphasised the need for the development of both professional and personal networks across law enforcement.
“Adapting to new and evolving crimes requires foresight. It requires law enforcement to build partnerships, sometimes outside of traditional policing comfort zones, in order to boost innovation and information sharing.
“I believe the voice of young police leaders must be heard at the global scale and this forum is the ideal platform from which we can ensure that this happens today, and in the future,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.
Members of INTERPOL’s Executive Committee served as mentors to the young leaders, sharing their wealth of experience in international policing during an interactive session.
A delegation of the young leaders has been invited to present the results of the programme to the global policing community during the INTERPOL General Assembly in Chile in October.