International law enforcement collaboration focus of visit by Norway's crime investigation chief to INTERPOL
LYON, France - A visit to INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters today by Norway's Director of National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), Odd Reidar Humlegaard, provided an opportunity in meetings with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and senior INTERPOL officials to review on-going law enforcement collaborative efforts and areas for enhanced co-operation between Norway and INTERPOL.
Norway's NCIS Chief was updated on INTERPOL's global tools and services, including its Command and Co-ordination Centre, cyber crime and organized crime units, the INTERPOL Global Complex due to open in Singapore by 2014, as well as on initiatives against human trafficking and on blocking internet sites where child abuse images are shown.
Police Training and Development (PTD) also featured high on the agenda, with INTERPOL's PTD directorate launching an I-24/7 secure police communications e-learning course developed by INTERPOL and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, and sponsored by both Norway and Canada.
Secretary General Noble also praised Norway for its leadership in taking part in a range of transnational law enforcement initiatives, including in Operation Pangea III, an international week of action co-ordinated by INTERPOL in October 2010 targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines to raise awareness of the associated health risks, resulting in arrests across the globe and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medicines.
Norway's NCIS delegation included Ingrid Dagestad, Head of INTERPOL's National Central Bureau in Oslo; Rune Floisbonn, Director, Head of High Tech Crime Department; Dag Storksen, Assistant Chief of Police, Head of Forensic Science Department; and Petter Dyhre, INTERPOL Executive Committee Delegate and Assistant Chief of Police, International and Operational Communications Department.
Norway's NCIS Chief Odd Reidar Humlegaard was updated on INTERPOL's global tools and services (centre, picture 1), including at its Command and Co-ordination Centre (picture 2). He was welcomed at INTERPOL by Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin (picture 3).