INTERPOL training looks to enhance ASEAN forensic investigative capability 2/6
29 November 2016
SINGAPORE – Providing forensic officers in the ASEAN region with the skills to make connections between criminals and crime scenes is the focus of an INTERPOL training course in Singapore.
The course aims to increase the quantity and quality of forensic data shared by member countries in Southeast Asia via INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure communications network, and the use of its forensic databases (fingerprints, DNA, facial recognition) for capturing biometric data to combat transnational crime and terrorism in the region.
The five-day (28 November – 2 December) training is part of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme on Improving Counter-Terrorism and International Collaboration in ASEAN Member States, funded by Global Affairs Canada.
“With the use of new and emerging technologies by terrorists for the purposes of recruitment, radicalization and training, it is even more incumbent upon the law enforcement community to work collaboratively and use available tools which will be covered in this INTERPOL training seminar to address these threats,” said Toby Schwartz, Counsellor of Political and Public Affairs, High Commission of Canada.
Bringing together 46 officers from the 10 ASEAN countries, the event includes practical training in processing DNA profiles, facial recognition techniques, fingerprint analysis, and technical training on INTERPOL’s Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS) database. It is hosted by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI).
“Training forensic police in INTERPOL member countries helps ensure that frontline officers have the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, preserve and share evidence in line with best practices,” said Noboru Nakatani, IGCI Executive Director.
“Such training highlights the importance of sharing biometric data in the region. It also provides a platform to our regional partners such as ASEANAPOL, the Asian Forensic Sciences Network and UNODC for sharing forensic expertise and knowledge on counter-terrorism initiatives in Southeast Asia as part of a collaborative network,” added Mr Nakatani.
The training will also allow officers from the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and practitioners from forensics laboratories of participating countries to familiarize themselves better with the INTERPOL forensic tools and services that can enhance their national counter-terrorism initiatives.
Meeting in Bali earlier this month at INTERPOL’s General Assembly, senior police officials from around the world approved a move to enhance biometric information sharing to counter terrorist mobility.
The 10 ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.