Brunei agrees to boost police capacity during INTERPOL meeting

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BRUNEI has committed to strengthening police cooperation between countries by recognising the role played by regional and international bodies in combating transnational crime.

In adopting the Ministerial Outcome Declaration during the conclusion of the Third Ministerial Meeting and 83rd INTERPOL General Assembly, Brunei agreed to strengthen police capacity and create adaptive tools to empower the police to conduct sophisticated financial investigiations which allow cross-border cooperation and cooperation amongst international police.

The meeting held in France earlier this month was attended by the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar.

He led a delegation which included Permanent Secretary at the PMO Dato Paduka Hj Hamdan Hj Abu Bakar, Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force Dato Paduka Seri Awg Bahrin Mohd Noor, and the Ambassador of Brunei to France Dato Paduka Hj Zainidi Hj Sidup.

The ministers present also agreed to identify gaps in international co-operation, support new research and development into the utilisation of newer technologies and scientific methods and “strive to eliminate, where possible and appropriate, legal barriers to international police and judicial co-operation by adopting measures and recommendations outlines in the texts of relevant international treaties and conventions”, the PMO said in a statement.

To counter crimes in the 21st century, law enforcement is also encouraged to include stakeholders including private companies which have a key role to play in fighting counterfeiting, fraud, and crimes perpetuated in cyberspace.

INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organisation, is a non-governmental organisation facilitating international police cooperation, with its headquarters based in Lyon, France.

The Brunei Times