MORE than 100 countries will attend the 83rd Interpol General Assembly to be held in Monaco this year from November 3 to 7, according to a press release.
Police chiefs and other senior law enforcement officials from around the world will be participating in the conference themed “Turn Back Crime: 100 Years of International Police Cooperation’, marking a century since the idea of Interpol was born in 1914 at the First International Criminal Police Congress also held in Monaco.
This year, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) delegation will be led by the Commissioner of Police, Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin bin Mohd Noor, accompanied by four other senior police officers. The General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of Interpol’s member countries.
As Interpol’s supreme governing body, it meets once a year and takes all the major decisions affecting general policy, resources needed for international cooperation, working methods as well as finances and programmes of activities.
It also elects the Organisation’s Executive Committee.
Generally speaking, the assembly takes decisions by a simple majority in the form of resolutions, and each represented member country has one vote.
This year, discussions will address contemporary international criminal threats, including global policing challenges, promoting global alliances against crime, foreign fighters, cybercrime, border security and environmental security.
The election of the next Interpol Secretary General will be held on the General Assembly’s final day, together with the election of the Executive Committee’s new member.
In addition, this year will also mark the 3rd Interpol Ministerial Meeting after the success of two previous ministerial meetings held thus far in Singapore (2009) and Rome (2012).
It was unanimously agreed by the General Assembly two years ago to host an international meeting for ministers responsible for police on a biennial basis.