15.10.2009, 12:02

78th INTERPOL General Assembly

A series of measures aimed at encouraging greater integration of national investigations by using INTERPOL’s global policing tools and databases have been endorsed by delegates at the organization’s General Assembly which took place in Singapore from 11 to 15 October 2009. More than 800 senior law enforcement officials from around the world backed a number of recommendations to enhance operational support, including the expansion and increased use of INTERPOL’s DNA and fingerprint databases by frontline officers in member countries to help solve crimes and identify fugitives through data comparison, and the status of INTERPOL’s Red Notices.

Delegates also endorsed a resolution calling for member countries to promote the use of technological tools such as access-blocking of websites containing child sexual abuse images. The development of an information exchange platform for National Anti-Corruption entities – including a strategic Anti-Corruption Information database to promote co-operation in exchanging corruption-based information to identify trends and develop strategies to combat corruption activities – was also supported by the General Assembly.

The world’s largest police organization’s annual meeting also included a joint INTERPOL-United Nations ministerial meeting, which saw more than 60 ministers endorse a Declaration on enhancing the role of police in the world’s peacekeeping operations as a vital element in ensuring global security.

The application by Samoa to join INTERPOL was also approved by the General Assembly, making it the organization’s 188th member country.


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