Norwegian Ambassadors visiting INTERPOL – making the world a safer place

Tuesday February 27 Ambassador Anita Nergaard, the Norwegian Ambassadors to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines and business leaders from Norwegian companies visited INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore to get insight in INTERPOLs approach to the global fight against crime, private public partnership, cybercrime, maritime security, child exploitation, command and coordination and innovation in policing.

Trygve Aandstad, Head of Adaptive Policing Lab at Innovation Centre INTERPOL and seconded from Norway, and his colleagues gave valuable insight in important areas to make the world a safer place. This meeting also facilitated important discussions in how law enforcement can cooperate with governments, academia and private companies to combat transnational crimes. International engagement between law enforcement and strategic partners, including international and regional organizations and private companies, is essential in countering cybercrime, terrorism, organized and emerging crime.

How does law enforcement work together and what is their approach?

INTERPOL enables police in 192 member countries to work together to fight international crime. The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore is a cutting-edge research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, innovative training, operational support and partnership.

An example of INTERPOL’s work is their efforts in fighting crimes against children. 12,000 victims of child sexual abuse around the world have now been identified through INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database. The only global platform of its kind, INTERPOL’s ICSE database enables specialist officers to use sophisticated image and video comparison software to make connections between victims, abusers and locations. By analysing the digital, visual and audio content of photographs and videos, victim identification experts can retrieve clues, identify any overlap in cases and combine their efforts to locate the victims. Available through INTERPOL’s secure global police communications system, I-24/7, certified users in member countries can access the database directly and in real time, providing immediate responses to queries related to child sexual exploitation investigations.

Police worldwide are facing and increasing challenging operational landscape, as criminals take advantage of new technology. It is crucial for police to stay one step ahead of criminals, foster innovation in policing, and take a public private partnership approach. To combat terrorism, cybercrime and organized and emerging crime, Interpol needs private public partnership. Dialogue and cooperation between sectors leads to greater opportunities to create a safer world.