Kathmandu, April 13
Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal returned home after participating in the 15th conference of heads of National Central Bureau under the International Police Organisation, commonly known as Interpol, Lyon, France.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport yesterday, he said the representatives of 194 Interpol member countries endorsed a series of recommendations to strengthen the crucial role of NCBs in global security, and to bring its capabilities, particularly its databases, closer to frontline police officers. “The conference acted as a platform for sharing best practices of Interpol member countries,” he informed.
Enhancing biometric database accessibility globally, particularly at border points, on organised crime, counter-terrorism, drug smuggling, cybercrime and cryptocurrencies in cyberspace were high on the agenda of the three-day (April 9-11) conference. The conclave decided to strengthen NCB operational performance by increasing use of Interpol services, engaging in regional partnerships, boosting international police cooperation, and strengthening cyber analytical and operational capabilities through the creation of dedicated cybercrime units within national law enforcement structures.
Delegates of member countries also shared information on strategic tools and techniques in relation to combating international crime, besides expressing commitment to end terrorism and crime through cooperation, said Nepal Police. Being the world’s largest international police organisation, Interpol has a vision of connecting police for a safer world, and preventing and fighting crime through enhanced cooperation. Interpol’s general secretariat is located in Lyon, France, and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Its member countries maintain an NCB staffed by its own highly trained law enforcement officials. IGP Khanal is the chief of NCB, Nepal.
A version of this article appears in print on April 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.