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11 April 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL Chief’s first visit to Haiti looks to advance country’s cooperation with global law enforcement

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The first-ever mission to Haiti by an INTERPOL Secretary General provided a chance for senior Haitian law enforcement officials and the world police body chief to review crime threats and identify opportunities on enhancing the country’s cooperation with global policing via INTERPOL.

Border security, drugs and human trafficking were among key issues topping the agenda in meetings between Mr Noble and Haiti’s Justice and Public Security Minister Jean Renel Sanon, the Director General of National Police, Godson Orelus, and Police Academy Director Jean Miguélitte Maxime.

The INTERPOL Chief also visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Port-au-Prince and underlined ‘the crucial link played by NCBs in ensuring that national police can access INTERPOL’s global tools and services’.

In this respect, extension of INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communications system and of its Fixed or Mobile INTERPOL Network Database systems beyond the NCB to police units, departments responsible for implementing the rule of law, and frontline officers was also addressed during Mr Noble’s visit as part of efforts to increase cooperation between Haiti and INTERPOL.

With Haiti a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking  by criminal gangs, the use of INTERPOL’s police tools including the International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) image database to combat such crimes was also highlighted.

Following the January 2010 earthquake, which according to Haitian authorities resulted in more than 220,000 deaths, an INTERPOL crisis support group was deployed to Haiti to coordinate with international disaster teams working to identify victims.

“The people of Haiti and its authorities have long shown remarkable resilience and determination in the face of serious challenges which include transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

“It is vital for INTERPOL and Haiti’s law enforcement to continue building on their cooperation against transnational crime. Enhancing the use of INTERPOL’s global law enforcement tools and operational support by Haiti’s frontline officers will help build police capacity against crime and strengthen security for citizens in Haiti and beyond its borders,” added Mr Noble.

Also on the agenda during Mr Noble’s mission to Haiti was the need for the INTERPOL Travel Document to be recognized by Haiti so that at the country’s request INTERPOL can deploy staff to provide assistance assist without being delayed by red tape linked to visa requirements.

Mr Noble’s mission to Haiti saw him visit his 164th INTERPOL member country since he was first elected Secretary General in 2000, marking his commitment to learn first-hand the needs of member countries and to identify ways that INTERPOL can help them keep their citizens safe.