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23 October 2002 - Media release

INTERPOL adopts global standards to combat police corruption

During the INTERPOL General Assembly, held this week in Yaoundé, Cameroon, chiefs of police of a majority of INTERPOL's 181 member countries today adopted 'global standards to combat corruption in police forces/services'.

In the first instance this resolution, drafted by INTERPOL's expert group on corruption, represents a commitment to implement and encourage high standards of integrity in the police forces of INTERPOL member countries.

The adoption of these 'standards' further signifies the implementation of professional principles aimed at the prevention and eradication of corruption in police forces and services.

'I am confident that by adopting this important INTERPOL resolution our member countries' police forces will be able to honour their commitment to the communities they are to protect and serve', Secretary General Ronald K. Noble commented.

Several senior police chiefs joined Secretary General Noble in emphasizing the need for combating corruption within police forces:

  • Police Commissioner Norman S. Moleboge, Botswana's chief of police, said the issue of corruption free police forces and services cannot be overemphasized, save to say that it is one of the cornerstones in the policing profession. 'I am therefore very pleased that the INTERPOL membership has found it fit to adopt global standards to combat police corruption.'
  • Director P.C. Sharma, head of India's central bureau of investigation, recalled that 'law enforcement is often most vulnerable not to external threats, but to the failings of its own officers. Corruption negates even the best laid out policing schemes as it implies the criminalization of law enforcement. The adoption of global best practice standards to combat corruption within the policing community is expected to effectively address these concerns.'
  • Director-General John Abbott, head of the UK's national criminal intelligence service and INTERPOL vice-president for Europe, said the public expect police officers to demonstrate integrity - always! 'These INTERPOL global standards are essential. We simply must eliminate corruption from policing.'