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18 December 2015

INTERPOL conference on strengthening law enforcement capacity in the Americas

14-15 December 2015, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


More than 100 law enforcement representatives from 30 countries met in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss strategic and operational policing issues affecting the Americas region and to identify ways to strengthen collaborative partnerships.

On behalf of the Minister of National Security, Stuart Young from Trinidad and Tobago’s Attorney General and Legal Affairs Office opened the conference with a call for the Americas region to strengthen its fight against transnational organized crime through concerted, strategic and collaborative cooperation.

With tailoring INTERPOL’s capacity building strategy to contemporary regional threats high on the agenda, the conference saw the launch of a new training project to help police in Central America fight human trafficking and cybercrime.

The two-day (14 and 15 December) meeting was hosted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of National Security under the leadership of Commissioner Stephen Williams and with the support of the governments of Canada and United States.

In addition to police officers from the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in the Americas, the conference attracted high-level representation from several countries including Vice Ministers and Chiefs of Police from Nicaragua, Mexico and El Salvador.