A senior level meeting bringing together leaders of the world’s regional police organizations at INTERPOL has closed with a call to streamline law enforcement strategies and operational actions for greater global impact.
Called the ‘Dialogue’ to highlight the need for regional police organizations to work together seamlessly towards a common security goal, particularly as it relates to counter-terrorism, organized crime and border security, the meeting concluded with the formal endorsement of a joint communiqué establishing a roadmap for clearly defined cooperation in dedicated areas.
Testimony to a common resolve to put the communiqué into concrete action, Dialogue members created two working groups which will meet regularly to design mechanisms to share strategic plans and align operational actions, and to streamline cross-continental access to operational information in the frontline.
Participating organizations in the two-day (12 and 13 June) third Dialogue meeting included AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL, and INTERPOL.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), represented by the SCO Secretariat and the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also took part in the meeting in an observer capacity.
The two previous Dialogue editions were held in March 2016 and May 2017, respectively at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon. The process was established out of INTERPOL’s strong belief in the importance of adopting a comprehensive and coordinated global approach to cross-continental security threats.