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09 August 2014

INTERPOL Chief visits Nauru to help empower police through global network

YAREN, Nauru – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has made his first official visit to Nauru to review first-hand with its authorities the country’s policing challenges and jointly identify ways for Nauru to make greater use of the world police body’s network and resources.

With the South Pacific country the world’s smallest island nation, building law enforcement capacity in Nauru by providing its police access to INTERPOL global tools, training and services topped the agenda in discussions during Secretary General Noble’s meetings with the Acting President of Nauru, David Adeang, as well as with the Acting Director of the Nauru Police Force, Corey Caleb, and members of the Senior Executive of the Nauru Police Force.

“Nauru recognizes that the threats posed by transnational organized crime to the safety and security of citizens in the country and across the region require an international approach to policing as provided by INTERPOL’s global network,” said the Acting President of Nauru, David Adeang.

In addition to discussions on greater law enforcement connectivity and engagement between Nauru and INTERPOL, identifying ways of reducing financial pressure on Nauru’s law enforcement authorities was also high on the agenda.

With the Head of INTERPOL underlining the key role of police training and access to INTERPOL’s global tools in building capacity and empowering police, Mr Noble recalled how in October 2011 officers from Nauru attended an INTERPOL training course in Fiji on developing crime scene awareness, fingerprint retrieval and general evidence preservation procedures.

“While Nauru and other countries in the region face competing demands on limited resources, there is no higher priority than strengthening the capability of police to fight crime and ensure the safety of citizens,” said Secretary General Noble.

“This is why INTERPOL is working to identify ways to further support countries such as Nauru in ensuring the security of their citizens and visitors, including through the provision of training and technical equipment,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.