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07 March 2011 - Media release

Visit by Poland's police chief to INTERPOL highlights country's commitment to international law enforcement co-operation

LYON, France – The Commander in Chief of the Polish Police, General Andrzej Matejuk, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss areas for enhanced collaboration in national, regional and global security, particularly in light of Poland taking over the EU Council Presidency in July 2011, and co-hosting with Ukraine the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships.

In this respect, an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) is to be deployed to Poland to assist in the preparation and co-ordination of security arrangements by its national police. During the event itself the IMEST will liaise with INTERPOL’s 188 member countries to facilitate the real-time exchange of messages and key police intelligence 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 2012 European Football Championships is part of Poland’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the many spectators who will attend the event,” said General Matejuk during his visit to INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters.

“This is one of the areas where Poland is committed to working closely with INTERPOL and all its member countries and we look forward to enhancing our already strong relationship,” added the head of Poland’s police.

With Poland a key member of INTERPOL’s Project INVEX which aims to enhance information exchange on stolen motor vehicles in collaboration with car manufacturers, as well as a participating country in INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red targeting fugitives worldwide and in Operation Pangea III against the online sale of illegal medical products, Secretary General Noble said: “Poland plays an important role in making co-operation a reality on the ground. Its commitment to combating a range of crimes via INTERPOL demonstrates that law enforcement in any one country cannot effectively combat crime in isolation.”

“Poland recognizes that by working closely with INTERPOL it enhances the safety and security of its citizens and those of other countries. Its active participation in the organization’s activities, underpinned by its strategic geographic location, makes it a key partner for INTERPOL,” added Mr Noble.

The Polish delegation, which also included the head of NCB Warsaw, Piotr Kunat, and the Liaison Officer at Poland’s Embassy in Paris, Piotr Michna, was updated on the full range of global tools and services INTERPOL provides its member countries. It was also briefed on INTERPOL’s Travel Document, intended to facilitate the travel of INTERPOL officials worldwide on urgent deployment and to assist in transnational investigations, as well as on the establishment in Singapore by 2014 of INTERPOL’s Global Complex to address 21st Century crime challenges such as cybercrime.