MANAGUA, Nicaragua - INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has said
that the Organization’s member countries need an international response to
regional and international crime threats.
Speaking in Managua at the opening of the 23rd Commission of Police
Chiefs and Directors of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Colombia
(CJDPCAMCC), Secretary General Stock said INTERPOL’s proven international
cooperation network underpins regional efforts against transnational crime.
“There is already an established cooperation network against
transnational crime. Law enforcement needs to avoid duplicating its efforts and
creating competing parallel systems when INTERPOL’s global system already
serves regional needs,” said Secretary General Stock.
With Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala,
Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama members of the
regional Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors, the INTERPOL Chief said it
was also important to learn first-hand about the operational needs of law
enforcement in the region, and to adapt to these.
“In the face of an evolving crime landscape, INTERPOL is constantly
working to adapt its global policing capabilities and operational activities to
respond to the needs of police at the frontlines,” added Secretary General
Chaired by the Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua,
Aminta Granera Sacasa, the regional Commission of Police Chiefs and Directors
committed to strengthen the role of their National Central Bureaus within their
respective police organizations in order to better coordinate information
exchange and contribute to an effective global response.
Amongst INTERPOL’s operational activities in the region, Project
CRIMJUST aims to strengthen cooperation between law enforcement and judicial
agencies against transnational crime networks involved in the cocaine route
from Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.
INTERPOL has also coordinated a series of intensive intelligence-led
Amazonas operations to investigate and prosecute criminals, and identify and
dismantle international criminal networks, involved in the illegal trade of
timber from South America.
In addition, INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza provides Latin American and
Caribbean law enforcement with the skills, intelligence and services they need
to tackle organized crime in their region. It ensures an all-inclusive
approach by addressing regional crime through a global lens across a broad
spectrum of crime areas.
In this respect, ensuring real-time data is in the hands of frontline
officers and increased cooperation across various national, regional and global
agencies against terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime will be key topics
during the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly later this month (26 – 29 September)
in Beijing, China.
INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities include its I-24/7 secure
police communications network, and a range of global databases including for
stolen and lost travel documents, fingerprints, DNA, and facial recognition,
for sharing information globally to better combat transnational organized crime
On the sidelines of the Managua meeting, Secretary General Stock said INTERPOL’s
global policing community stood in solidarity with countries in the Caribbean
and beyond following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irma, and with Mexico
in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit the country in a century.