INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore to Enhance and Strengthen Policing Worldwide

Jun 30, 2010, 10:20 ET from INTERPOL

LYON, France, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- INTERPOL's Executive Committee unanimously endorsed the creation of an INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore. An implementation plan will be presented at INTERPOL's 79th General Assembly in Qatar in November with operation projected for late 2013 or early 2014.

The global complex will complement and support INTERPOL's General Secretariat in Lyon, France which remains the organization's world headquarters.

"The establishment of the state-of-the-art INTERPOL Global Complex in Singapore represents a win-win situation for INTERPOL, Singapore and Asia, as well as addresses complex crime challenges in the 21st century," said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui. "This reflects the need to think beyond today to enhance global security tomorrow."

Key elements of INTERPOL's Global Complex include:

Innovative research and development enhancing forensics and database capabilities, particularly in the identification of crimes and criminals;

Addressing demands for technology and innovation-based police training and capacity building;

Enhancing INTERPOL's capacity for 24/7 operational support to police across time zones and distances with greater mobility.

Secretary General Ronald K. Noble welcomed the decision which he described as "an initiative that will increase INTERPOL's operational reach around the globe."

"With criminals taking greater advantage of technology and increasing challenges to law enforcement, this Global Complex will allow INTERPOL and global policing to remain ahead of transnational criminals by relying upon high-tech crime expertise and Singapore's and Asia's dynamism and their culture of innovation," said Noble.

"The creation of INTERPOL's Global Complex marks a new milestone in the history of international law enforcement and INTERPOL, underscoring Singapore's commitment to international security. The new complex will co-operate with public and private organizations identifying areas for collaboration and co-operation while delivering a wider range of services to each of INTERPOL's 188 member countries," Noble concluded.