Observer on Saturday - - News - By Nozipho Sibiya

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).

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