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11 September 2017

INTERPOL training targets border security in Southeast Asia

SEMARANG, Indonesia – Developing Southeast Asia’s border security architecture is the focal point of an INTERPOL training course held as part of the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme II.

Hosted by the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC), the 12-day (4 –15 September) Train-the-Trainer Border Management Operational Training on integrated border management aims to boost the capacity of countries in the region to tackle 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 for stolen and lost travel documents.

"Through integrated border management operational training, we hope to achieve a safer ASEAN region by improving our collaboration in addressing emerging transnational crime trends. INTERPOL's network of 190 member countries enables us to share and exchange information among relevant law enforcement agencies to more effectively combat transnational crime," said Police Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte of the Indonesian National Police, and Secretary of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Jakarta.

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.

"The EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management programme underpins our security cooperation with ASEAN. It represents a key programme in the EU’s efforts to fight transnational crime,” said Hans Farnhammer, Head of the Cooperation Section, EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei.

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

“This programme has been specifically designed to better equip and support law enforcement authorities in Southeast Asia to manage their borders and effectively better address challenges posed by human trafficking and other transnational organized crimes,” said Harold O'Connell, Director of INTERPOL's Capacity Building and Training directorate.

“Capacity building and training, particularly in relation to specialist areas such as INTERPOL’s integrated border security policing capabilities against human trafficking and people smuggling are key components of the programme,” added Mr O'Connell.

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

Napoleon Bonaparte, Indonesian National Police, NCB Jakarta

Rastislav Sasik, EU-ASEAN Programme manager