NATCOM ATTENDS HIGH LEVEL INTERPOL MEET
he acting National Commissioner of Police and two senior police officers attended the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly Session in Dubai, United Arab Emirates last week.
The four-day meeting was aimed at bringing together all INTERPOL member countries to discuss a range of strategies to suppress trans-national crime and global security issues.
The main agenda was how innovative policing can best be leveraged to detect, investigate and prevent crossborder crime.
The senior delegates who attended the meeting were Deputy National Commissioner of Police Sam Mthembu and Senior Superintendent Nombuso Ndzabandzaba.
Acting NATCOM William Dlamini said co-operation in combating terrorism, cybercrime; and organised and emerging crime was also high on the agenda.
T“The theme of the meeting focused on law enforcement in the information age. This paradigm shift compels the evolution of police international co-operation to be in line with the new trend,” he said.
He said the conference discussed how technology would change future threats and how it can be used by law enforcement agencies to meet the challenges.
“Notably, more than 55 per cent of the world’s population has access to internet and criminals are taking advantage of this by going after data as means to make money. Artificial intelligence and robotics as well as innovation in the field of forensics are very key in addressing this emerging trend,” he added.
Dlamini said they were also updated on INTERPOL Programmes to address terrorism, cybercrime and organised and emerging crime.
Also key on the agenda, he said was the expansion and international outreach of INTERPOL to enhance access to its policing capabilities in all parts of the world. “We noted that a systematic approach must be adopted to establish a global presence in the coming decade,” he said.
He also added that delegates attending INTERPOL’s General Assembly have elected Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea as the organisation’s new President.
The assembly also elected six new members of the executive committee, the 13-member body that provides guidance and direction to the organisation. Delegates are generally appointed for three years and according to a balanced continental representation.
The General Assembly also voted to accept two new member countries, Kiribati and Vanuatu, bringing the total number of member countries to 194 and it has become the world’s largest international organisation followed by the United Nations which has a membership of 193.
TOP BRASS: REPS Senior Superintendent Nombuso Ndzabandzaba (3rd r), Acting National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini (2nd r ) and Deputy National Commissioner Sam Mthembu (r).