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18 May 2015

Cooperation and effective data exchange focus of INTERPOL training in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam – In the first such training in Southeast Asia, INTERPOL has held a Data Protection Officer Certification Course in Hanoi to certify Data Protection Officers from INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in seven ASEAN countries.

The 10-day course (5 - 14 May) provided the officers with the tools to better understand INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data (RPD) as well as the skills to train other officers in their home countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The training was conducted in partnership between the Foreign Relations Department of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, Executive Directorate for Police Services and Police Data Management Sub-Directorate.

Major General Tran Duy Thanh, Deputy Director of Vietnam’s Foreign Relations Department and Deputy Head of INTERPOL’s NCB in Hanoi, said: “The participants from ASEAN member countries will disseminate, guide and exchange their new practical knowledge from the training course and thereby support the fight against transnational crime through INTERPOL channels.”

Addressing participants at the training session, Canada’s Ambassador to Vietnam, David Devine, said: “This course provided an important opportunity for government counterparts, law enforcement agencies, including Police and Immigration, INTERPOL and its partners to share their experiences and operational responses to combat threats of terrorism, as well as to establish a dialogue for continued cooperation and information exchange.”

"In order to more efficiently combat terrorism and transnational crime we need to cooperate and exchange data. That data should be relevant, of good quality and compliant, and this was exactly the purpose of the training session,” said Florence Scombart, INTERPOL Assistant Director, Police Data Management.

The course was the first activity undertaken in the second year of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme on Improving Counter-Terrorism and International Collaboration in ASEAN Member States. The three year programme is jointly funded by INTERPOL and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

The role of the programme was recently highlighted with Operation Sunbird in March, the first border security operation coordinated from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. The operation led to the arrest of international fugitives attempting to travel to ASEAN countries.