A visit by France’s Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters provided an opportunity to review the world police organization’s cooperation with France and its activities across its 190 member countries. The agenda during the minister’s visit included international law enforcement collaboration against transnational crime and terrorism.
16 December 2016
Visit of Vice Minister of Public Security, Vietnam
LYON, France – General Nguyen Van Thanh, Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Public Security, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Areas of discussion focused on cooperation between INTERPOL and the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam against transnational crime, building law enforcement capacity and the use of INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities to counter international, regional and national security threats in the areas of organized and emerging crime, cybercrime and terrorism.
Enhancing border security through INTERPOL’s policing capabilities was also on the agenda during the Vice Minister’s visit.
Vietnam participated in INTERPOL’s EU-ASEAN border management programme I (2010 - 2012), which saw its National Central Bureau extend the world police body’s I-24/7 secure police communications system to international airports and land border checkpoints.
In April of this year the country took part in an operational exercise under INTERPOL’s Chemical Anti-Smuggling Enforcement (Chase) Programme, with thousands of individuals and travel documents checked at strategic border points.
31 October 2016
Visit of German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) President
Holger Münch, President of the BKA, met with senior INTERPOL officials during a visit to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.
Areas of discussion focused on INTERPOL’s activities to support member countries in fighting cybercrime, cooperation with other policing bodies including Europol, and police training initiatives.
Mr Münch and his delegation toured the state-of-the-art IGCI facility, including its Digital Forensics Laboratory, Cyber Fusion Centre and Command and Coordination Centre operations room.
The visit of Mr Münch followed a recent visit of German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to identify areas for the enhanced sharing of operational information to more effectively combat terrorism in Europe and beyond.
17 October 2016
Visit of El Salvador Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hugo Martinez, El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs met with INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Tim Morris at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Mr Martinez’s delegation, which included Carmen María Gallardo, Ambassador of El Salvador to France, also met with other senior INTERPOL officials to discuss areas of ongoing cooperation in combating transnational crime.
Human trafficking and cybercrime were highlighted as key areas for closer collaboration in addition to the need for increased access and training on the use of the world police body’s DNA, fingerprints and ballistic databases.
El Salvador has hosted INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for Central America since 2003, providing assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica in addressing regional crime problems including drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, and corruption.
During the INTERPOL-led Lionfish operations, targeting the illicit trafficking of drugs and firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean, the Regional Bureau provided real-time support for information exchange and facilitated cross-checking of data against INTERPOL’s global databases.
The two operations resulted in the seizure of nearly 60 tonnes of drugs worth more than USD 2 billion and some 560 arrests.
30 September 2016
Visit of Hellenic Police Chief
Konstantinos Tsouvalas, Chief of the Hellenic Police, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
In light of the current European migration crisis, Lieutenant General Tsouvalas’s discussions with senior officials focused on the Organization’s initiatives in countering organized crime groups facilitating illegal immigration and INTERPOL’s border management tools.
Following its expansion of access to INTERPOL’s capabilities to border control posts, Greek police have recorded a significant increase in the number of searches of INTERPOL’s databases, and are currently among the top three Schengen countries conducting checks against the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.
“The real-time access to valuable policing information provided by INTERPOL significantly helps the work of police in the field. The Hellenic Police will continue to be a strong partner of INTERPOL,” said Lieutenant General Tsouvalas.
Accompanied by Colonel Ilias Xanthakis, Director of the International Police Cooperation Division and Lieutenant General Zacharoula Tsirigoti, Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tsouvalas also visited the world police body’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre.
16 September 2016
Visit of China’s Vice Minister of Public Security
Hongwei Meng, Vice Minister of Public Security in China and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Beijing met with INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Tim Morris at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Mr Meng and his delegation also met with other senior INTERPOL officials to discuss areas of ongoing cooperation in combating transnational crime, including counter-terrorism, fugitive investigations and cybercrime.
Preparations for the 86th General Assembly which will be held in Beijing in 2017 were also discussed during the visit.
Visit of IACP President
Terry Cunningham, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
In meetings with senior officials including Executive Director of Police Services Tim Morris, Mr Cunningham was briefed on INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities, with a focus on its initiatives to counter the foreign terrorist fighter threat.
Accompanied by IACP 1st Vice President Don Delucca and IACP Deputy Executive Director Gwen Boniface, Mr Cunningham also visited INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre.
20 July 2016
Taro Kono, Minister of State, Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, Japan
Taro Kono, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission in Japan met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.
Mr Kono and his delegation were briefed on INTERPOL’s activities through the IGCI to support member countries in combating cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes.
The delegation visited the Cyber Fusion Centre, which brings together cyber experts from law enforcement and industry to gather and analyse information on criminal activities in cyberspace to provide countries with coherent, usable intelligence.
Mr Kono also met with Japanese experts from the public and private sectors working at the IGCI, highlighting the importance of bringing together law enforcement, industry and academia to exchange expertise and information to combat cybercrime more effectively.
26 May 2016
Visit of Denmark’s National Commissioner of Police
Jens Henrik Højbjerg, National Commissioner of the Danish Police, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
Mr Højbjerg was briefed on INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities, with a focus on its initiatives to counter international, regional and national security threats – including people smuggling, terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters.
Denmark’s National Commissioner of Police also visited the world police body’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre. He was accompanied by Arne Gram, Deputy Commissioner of the Danish Police, and Michael Kjeldgaard, Chief Superintendent of the Danish Police.
6 April 2016
Visit of Czech Republic Police President
Brigadier General Tomáš Tuhý, Police President of the Czech Republic met with INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters ahead of the 44th INTERPOL European Regional Conference to be held in Prague in May.
Since expanding access to I-24/7 beyond the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Prague, including to border control posts and airports, the number of searches conducted by the Czech Police of INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database has nearly doubled in less than a year.
Brigadier General Tuhý said the Czech Republic strongly supports and will continue to work closely with INTERPOL particularly in the face of today’s crime threats which are not just European, but global in nature.
The Czech Republic is also a highly active member of the Millennium Project targeting transnational Eurasian organized crime with “Thieves in Law” (the highest level in the criminal hierarchy) a priority area of investigation.
During his visit, Brigadier General Tuhý was accompanied by Colonel Marian Paštinský, Deputy Director of the of Police President‘s Office, Colonel Šárka Havránková, Head of Division of International Police Cooperation and Colonel Miroslav Tichák, Head of NCB Prague.
4 April 2016
Visit of ITU Secretary General
Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), visited INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters where he met with Secretary General Jürgen Stock to discuss the importance of collaboration in the area of Internet governance.
Both INTERPOL and ITU are partner organizations to the World Economic Forum project ‘Future of the Internet’.
During the visit, Mr Zhao, who was accompanied by Luc Dandurand , Head, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division, ITU, was briefed on INTERPOL’s range of initiatives on cyber security and child online exploitation, and on connecting the world’s law enforcement agencies to INTERPOL’s global communications system.