TERRORISM, as a global threat, cannot be addressed by one agency or even a country. Countering terrorism globally requires cooperation between different law enforcement agencies, as well as coordination between all countries.
For this reason, INTERPOL has trained more than 100 participants since August 2014 in the framework of its Capacity Building Programme on Improving Counter-Terrorism Investigation and International Collaboration in Asean member states.
The fourth event of this programme was the INTERPOL tools and services certification course, held in Brunei on January 19-30.
This course brought together nine INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
RBPF, which is currently in its 31 years of membership with INTERPOL, played a key role in the execution of training and in revitalising its relationship with the organisation.
The course is catered to operational NCB staff. Participants got the opportunity to meet other colleagues with whom they work on an ongoing basis. Most importantly, they were able to share best practices and experiences.
On the framework of this training session, 25 high-level law enforcement delegates from Asean met recently to discuss future projects on strengthening border management and strategies to boost international cooperation in the countering terrorism.
The delegates included heads of immigration and INTERPOL NCBs of the previous countries.
Dato Paduka Haji Hamdan bin Haji Abu Bakar, Permanent Secretary at Brunei’s Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of Asean’s Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational crime (SOMTC), in his closing remarks, highlighted the importance of strengthening law enforcement cooperation with the purpose of weakening criminal networks and disrupting potential terrorist efforts.
“I encourage trained and certified personnel to utilise and apply these enhanced skills and resources, to provide a telling contribution to the peace and security of the Asean Community and the world at large, and disrupt potential criminal and terrorist networks”, said Dato Hamdan.
Also present were Marina Laker, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei, who applauded the initiative and reiterated the support of the Canadian Government to these kind of initiatives.
Canada has also been instrumental in the development of INTERPOL Programmes since 2010, in which it has invested more than $17 million.
SAC Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Wahab bin Pengiran Haji Omar, Executive Director at ASEANAPOL Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, underlined the importance of using INTERPOL tools.
“Through INTERPOL initiatives, Asean member countries will use INTERPOL’s pool of rich information to its greatest extent.”
Dato Paduka Seri Awang Bahrin bin Mohd Noor, Commissioner of RBPF, presented certificates to participants.