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23 November 2016

INTERPOL and EU project bolsters security in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan – A joint INTERPOL and European Union project to strengthen security across Jordan has provided frontline officers with direct access to INTERPOL’s policing capabilities.

Project Estijab, which means ‘response’ in Arabic, saw the expansion of access to I-24/7, INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system to frontline officers, including at all 13 border points across the country, in order to assist Jordanian authorities in identifying and preventing security threats.

Law enforcement officers in the field can now conduct real-time queries of INTERPOL’s databases of wanted persons, Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) and stolen motor vehicles.

Due to its location near to conflict zones in the Middle East, the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases at Jordan’s borders is critical to interdicting foreign terrorist fighters traveling to and from the region.

The nearly three-year project, which received EUR 500,000 in EU funding, culminated with the inauguration of the I-24/7 system at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on 22 November.

EU Ambassador to Jordan, Andrea Matteo Fontana said during the inauguration: “This event marks an important milestone in deepening our relationship with Jordan and I am confident that this timely project will lay a sound foundation for fruitful cooperation in the field of border management and in the fight against terrorism.”

The expanded access to I-24/7, which connects police in all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, improves the ability of the Jordanian authorities to exchange criminal information with their counterparts worldwide, boosting national, regional and global security.

“International cooperation is critical for combating transnational crime and protecting our borders from the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters. We look forward to continued collaboration with INTERPOL and the EU in promoting national, regional and international security,” said Brigadier Mohammad Al Kharabsheh, Assistant Director of the Jordan Public Security Directorate.

“To maintain peace and to make the world a safer place, Jordan continues to provide its full support to international police cooperation. This project will enhance our communication capabilities and ensure the most effective real-time information exchange,”

INTERPOL’s SLTD database currently contains some 70 million records provided by 175 countries, making it an important tool in the global fight against transnational crime and terrorism, while countries have searched the database of wanted persons more than 750 million times this year.

Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, said: “The successful outcomes of this project will be valuable in assisting the national authorities to identify security threats and tackle organized crime and terrorist groups before they can cross borders.”

Project Estijab was part of larger EU-funded EUR 5 million programme in partnership with the Government of Jordan aimed at boosting the ability of the Jordanian authorities to improve public security and the rule of law.