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21 December 2015

Police cooperation focus of Ecuador Minister of Interior visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France - Cooperation between Ecuador and INTERPOL’s global law enforcement network to combat transnational organized crime was a key issue in a meeting today between Interior Minister José Serrano Salgado and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

Ecuador is an active supporter of a range of INTERPOL initiatives including Project Fortaleza to address the increasingly global problem of Latin American Organized Crime and took part in the recent Operation Sin Fronteras targeting paedophile networks sharing child sexual material via online forums.

During discussions with Secretary General Stock and other senior INTERPOL officials, Minister Serrano Salgado pointed to significant achievements at the national level. The Minister highlighted that some USD800 million had been invested in national policing during the past year, during which time some 78 tonnes of drugs had been seized and the number of successfully concluded cases had increased to 64 per cent.

“The network and capabilities provided by INTERPOL play an important role in enhancing national, regional and international security,” said Minister Serrano Salgado.

“Ecuador will continue to offer its work closely with other member countries via INTERPOL to combat all forms of transnational crime and to further safeguard the safety of our citizens both at home and abroad.”

With immigration a key issue on the global agenda, the Minister was also briefed on INTERPOL’s Integrated Border Management Task Force. To support law enforcement officers working at the frontline of border security, the Task Force provides capacity building and training courses, access to INTERPOL capabilities and services and can assist in coordinating operational activities.

“The varied challenges facing law enforcement combined with the increasingly interconnected nature of transnational crime means that the continued involvement and support from our member countries is essential,” said Secretary General Stock.

During his visit Ecuador’s Interior Minister was also updated on INTERPOL’s global capabilities and services which assist law enforcement worldwide on a daily basis.