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28 April 2017

INTERPOL training looks to enhance border security in Southeast Asia

SEMARANG, Indonesia – Enhancing border security across Southeast Asia was the focus of the INTERPOL Train the Trainer Border Management Operational Training course held under the framework of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.

Hosted by the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC), the 12-day (17 – 28 April) course on integrated border management aimed to strengthen the capacity of countries in the region to address a range of crimes tied to border security, including illegal immigration and people smuggling, using INTERPOL's global policing capabilities.

These include its I-24/7 secure police communications system, global Notice alerts, and databases such as its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.

“Cooperation between the European Union, INTERPOL and the JCLEC plays a significant role in enhancing the skills of law enforcement officers in ASEAN and the region. This operational training reflects JCLEC’s commitment to undertaking and supporting initiatives which benefit regional security,” said Brigadier General Mohammad Safei, Executive Director of JCLEC.

Launched in October 2015 in Jakarta, the three-year programme, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by INTERPOL, aims to support the ASEAN region in its integration process through the implementation of its Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

“It is in Europe’s interest to have a secure Southeast Asia. Europe and ASEAN are security partners, and INTERPOL’s experience and expertise as a trusted neutral partner can help our common efforts to make Southeast Asia a more secure place,” said Francisco Fontan, EU Ambassador to ASEAN.

With Southeast Asia experiencing continued economic development and regional integration, a priority of the programme is to provide regional support against some of the most negative aspects tied to the increased transnational flow of people and products, by strengthening law enforcement networks and cooperation at main regional transit hubs.

“Global crime problems require global solutions. This programme allows us to combine our resources and fully exploit INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities to address one of the most critical challenges of our times – the movement of people across borders in a global and connected world in which criminals see no borders,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training, Harold O’Connell.

The ten ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Francisco Fontan, EU Ambassador to ASEAN

Harold O’Connell, INTERPOL Director of Capacity Building and Training