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20 May 2011

Collaboration focus of visit to INTERPOL by Swiss State Council member

LYON, France – Geneva canton Council of State member Isabel Rochat today met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss the role of international collaboration in national, regional and international security, and how INTERPOL's international law enforcement network connects Europe to other regions. 

With security part of the Swiss official's brief at the Council of State of Geneva canton, INTERPOL's activities on public safety and combating transnational organized crime, human trafficking and crimes against the environment was high on the agenda during Mrs Rochat's visit to INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters, where she was briefed on the full range of INTERPOL's tools and services, including its global databases.

Switzerland in 2005 was the first country to be connected to INTERPOL's FIND (Fixed Interpol Network Database) technology allowing frontline officers to access key INTERPOL tools such as its Stolen & Lost Travel Documents database, and with the country a member of INTERPOL's Project Whiteflow against international cocaine smuggling and of its Project Pink Panthers against an international gang of armed jewel robbers, Secretary General Noble praised 'Switzerland's strong record in working with INTERPOL in the pursuit of security goals common to all countries'.