World police chiefs meet in Rwanda to address global threats

Interpol President, Mireille-Ballestrazzi

Interpol President, Mireille-Ballestrazzi

Today’s most pressing cross-border security challenges faced by police worldwide will top the agenda at the 84th INTERPOL General Assembly which has opened Monday in the Rwandan Capital, Kigali.

Combating the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, the organised crime networks behind human and drug smuggling and cybercrime are among key issues to be tackled meeting attended by some 640 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials from 145 countries.

During the four-day (2 – 5 November) conference, delegates will also be updated on INTERPOL’s integrated border security policing capabilities to combat terrorism and transnational crime, in particular through the I-Checkit initiative that helps detect criminals who use travel documents that have been reported as lost or stolen in order to access commercial services.

Opening the General Assembly, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that security is the foundation of everything, adding that while globalisaation presents many opportunities for progress and development, a more connected world also brings an increased risk of crimes.

“Because of the very nature of these crimes, no country can deal with these challenges alone. We must work closely together and this is where INTERPOL excels,” President Kagame said commending INTERPOL for its efforts in tracking down fugitives wanted for genocide in Rwanda.

The Rwandan leader pointed out INTERPOL’s capacity for information sharing and concerted action helps to eliminate the gaps that help international crime flourish.

“INTERPOL is a good model for effective international cooperation generally, and rest assured that Rwanda will remain a reliable and committed partner in the pursuit of global security and justice,” Kagame noted.

INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said the theme of this year’s General Assembly ‘INTERPOL 2020: Policing global threats in a dynamic environment’ is in line with the organization’s mission for a safer world and international community’s expectations.

“Having to confront rapid and increasingly complex changes, and providing the appropriate responses, are an integral part of the development of any country and, of course, of any organization, which is what we will be addressing in the coming days,” Ballestrazzi said.

The president of the world law enforcement body went to add that todays interconnected world “a threat for one of us constitutes a threat for all of us and international cooperation is essential for each and every country to guarantee its security.”

Rwanda’s Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, said his country was an active and engaged member of INTERPOL.