INTERPOL’s 2019 “Dialogue”: A Focus on Terrorism and Drugs

With rapid technological developments and increasing globalisation, organised crime groups and terrorists are becoming more sophisticated in their operations and finding innovative ways to elude law enforcement.

The global network of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) allows for improved information exchange and availability, including at key locations such as border-crossing points.

In a recent communication, INTERPOL provides insight into how it engages with other international law enforcement organisations to ensure an effective, coordinated response to global threats.

 

What is the “Dialogue”?

INTERPOL discusses the “Dialogue” – a process established in 2016 which gathers the world’s regional policing organisations and other key stakeholders to regularly engage in high-level discussions and coordinate efforts against global threats.

The benefits of this process as outlined by INTERPOL include:

  • Improved mutual cooperation and coordinated operational efforts
  • Enhanced exchange of information and best practices
  • Minimises duplication between key international and regional law enforcement stakeholders

These factors increase the ability to successfully target international crime and terrorism.

 

Who participates in the Dialogue?

The Dialogue is comprised of representatives from the following organisations, in addition to INTERPOL:

  • Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL)
  • The Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL)
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations National Police (ASEANAPOL)
  • The Arab Interior Ministers Council
  • The Economic Cooperation Organization
  • European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL)
  • European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)
  • Gulf Cooperation Council-POL

There are two observer organizations: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

 

2019 Dialogue: key insights

The most recent edition of the Dialogue was held from 12-13 June 2019 in Lyon, allowing INTERPOL and its partners to exchange views about their respective border security strategies and capabilities. The focus was on “countering the cross-border movement of foreign terrorist fighters, as well as the movement of commodities, such as drugs.”

Highlights of the Dialogue include:

  • Member entities reflected on the outcomes of previous meetings throughout 2016-17, where they stressed the need for improved information sharing and cooperation, and better coordination to minimise duplication of efforts.
  • Discussions around identifying ways to:
    • further align counter-terrorism, organised crime and border security strategies
    • coordinate operations to counter cross-continental movement of terrorists and illicit drugs; and
    • target the financing of terrorist and organised crime groups
  • To achieve these aims, two key areas of cooperation were identified:
    • design of a mechanism to share strategic plans and align operational actions
    • streamline access to operational information to frontline police across regions (e.g. through INTERPOL’s I-24/7 network)
  • In addition to regular high level Dialogue meetings, members agreed to establish ongoing working groups to address improving strategic coordination (e.g. exchanging best practices) and streamlining frontline access to information (e.g. biometric information linked to criminals and terrorists).

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