Interpol course concludes in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Training Programme II, which took place in the capital, has officially concluded, the Royal Brunei Police Force said yesterday.

Fifteen law enforcement officers from ASEAN member states took part.

Organised by Interpol and the RBPF, the six-day programme was a continuation and expansion of a pilot project of the same name which was conducted in June 2012, the RBPF said in a statement.

The programme aims to strengthen law enforcement networks and cooperation at the main regional transit hubs in ASEAN countries.

During the opening ceremony, Assistant Commissioner of Police Pg Mohd Jefri Pg Hj Abd Hamid said the Interpol training under the programme will aid police and immigration authorities in the region to intercept opportunities for criminals and terrorists.

“Criminals are exploiting the increased movement of people and products brought by globalisation to increase their activities,” he said.

“To deal with these issues effectively, it’s necessary to enhance law enforcement and border management cooperation.”

Interpol Project Manager Rastilav Sasik said the training course represented a further step in empowering the participants with a deeper understanding of Interpol’s global policing capabilities.

He added that this will enhance the participants’ ability to conduct border management operations as well as fostering international collaboration between ASEAN member countries.

The programme took place from August 15-20 and was funded by the European Union and implemented by Interpol.

“The inevitable diversification of transnational crime follows suit by trading through their illicit portfolios by arbitraging the weaknesses in regulation and enforcement across our respective borders,” said the Acting Director of the RBPF’s Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Superintendent of Police Kevin Chiuh Ted Toon, during the closing ceremony.

“This is why enhancing international cooperation becomes so important for protecting our countries and borders especially from this illicit global value chain.”

Interpol’s Assistant Director of Asia and South Pacific Shui Jiang was also present during the closing ceremony.

The 15 law enforcement officers were presented with certificates for successfully completing the training.

The Brunei Times