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Interpol's ERC to improve cooperation to combat crime
2005-05-27 13:49:57

Nicosia, May 27 (CNA) -- Interpolís 34th annual European Regional Conference ended here today with delegates from 45 countries endorsing a number of important initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and co-operation among the regionís police as they combat international crime.

Delegates agreed to improve co-operation between Interpol and European Union institutions and to develop an action plan to share data and provide better co-ordination.

''At the end of the day, our best defence is to ensure that the right police officers have access to the right information at the right time, without their effectiveness being hampered by national borders'', Interpol General Secretary Roland Noble said.

According to an Interpol press release among the other measures agreed is continued co-operation and information exchange between Interpolís National Central Bureaus NCBs and the General Secretariat in Lyon, France, in criminal matters relating to terrorism.

Moreover NCBs will work to ensure the effective sharing of information gathered by the General Secretariat, including reports published by Interpol regarding crime matters.

It was decided to increase use of Interpolís array of databases (wanted persons, fingerprints, DNA profiles, etc) and more data to be provided by member countries for use in these databases.

There will be an extension of the use of Interpolís global police communications system, I-24/7, beyond NCBs to frontline law enforcement personnel, for example, at border checkpoints and airports.

Interpolís NCBs will work closely with the Crisis Management Support Group mobilised at the General Secretariat to expand and co-ordinate logistical support for international disaster victim identification operations in any future disasters such as the tsunami in southeast Asia.

Interpol and member countries will strive to protect public order at major international events in Europe through the effective sharing of information, services and support on all forms of criminality that might pose a threat.

Interpol President Jackie Selebi said that Interpol's global crime priorities need to take into account the specifics of each region in terms of the crime threats faced.

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