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01 October 2014

Singapore recognizes INTERPOL Chief’s contribution to international security with award

SINGAPORE – President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore has conferred the Distinguished Service Order (Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang) to INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in recognition of his services to international police cooperation.

Singaporean authorities said the award presented to Secretary General Noble at the Istana Presidential Palace recognized his significant contributions in promoting international policing cooperation and fostering excellent relations between Singapore and INTERPOL, and its 189 other member countries, thereby enhancing the safety and security of the region and the world.

In this respect, efforts to forge closer strategic ties between Singapore, the region and INTERPOL have led to the establishment in Singapore of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) which opened its doors on Tuesday.

The IGCI will provide a platform for public private partnerships developing new and innovative security solutions against emerging global threats such as cybercrime.

"Singapore is a steadfast partner in our work to make the world safer for citizens around the world,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The country’s commitment to global law enforcement, and the dedication of the Singapore Police Force to protecting citizens and visitors from crime, have been instrumental in the development of key initiatives such as the creation of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation.”

"I am therefore proud to accept this honour on behalf of INTERPOL, its National Central Bureaus, General Secretariat and all law enforcement officers in each of our 190 member countries and offices worldwide," concluded the Head of INTERPOL.

Secretary General Noble met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana and Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean at the Ministry of Home Affairs before the investiture.

The INTERPOL Chief’s investiture was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee, as well as other senior officials from Singapore and INTERPOL.

Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang awarded to INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble