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19 January 2011 - Media release

Slovak police chief visit to INTERPOL underlines strong links between national and global security

LYON, France - The President of the Police Force of the Slovak Republic, Jaroslav Spisiak, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss areas for enhanced collaboration in national and global security, particularly in light of the upcoming World Ice Hockey Championships to be hosted by Slovakia in April and May this year.

An INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) will be deployed to Slovakia to assist in the preparation, co-ordination and implementation of security arrangements by national police, and during the event itself will liaise with all of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries to facilitate real-time exchange of messages and vital police data including fingerprints, wanted persons notices and data relating to stolen and lost travel documents and stolen motor vehicles.

“Our request for INTERPOL’s support for the World Ice Hockey Championships is part of the Slovak Republic’s commitment to ensuring that the many spectators we are expecting can enjoy the event in safety and security,” said Mr Spisiak.

“This is just one of the areas where the Slovak Republic is committed to working with INTERPOL and each of its member countries and we look forward to developing our already strong relationship even further,” added Mr Spisiak.

Secretary General Noble said that Slovakia’s request for an IMEST was recognition that no single country can work alone in securing international events.

“We are happy to provide the support of the global law enforcement community to Slovakia and to any country which requires INTERPOL’s assistance,” said Mr Noble.

“Slovakia has long demonstrated its commitment to international policing, not least of all through seconding an officer to our General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, and it is an example that we hope other countries will continue to follow,” added the head of the world police body.

Accompanied by the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bratislava, Adriana Kolarikova, Mr Spisiak was briefed on the full range of INTERPOL’s tools and services including its global databases on DNA, fingerprints and suspected terrorists, and was also updated on the establishment of the INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore by early 2014.