Duncan and De Witte at Interpol conference in Italy

POSTED: 11/9/12 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan and Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte are presently attending the 81st General Assembly of Interpol in Rome. The conference ends today.

Rome attracted a record number of participants. 100 ministers and 176 countries are participating, including St. Maarten, Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands. A number of non-governmental organizations and Europol also attended.

The first conference day was a ministerial meeting about human trafficking, urban violence, youth violence, organized crime and terrorism.
Countries like Mexico, Japan, Uganda, Italy, Spain and India, South Africa, Vatican City State, Singapore, Colombia, and Pakistan gave presentations about various topics.

The Ministers endorsed a declaration about the challenges facing the police on violent crime. The declaration condemns all acts of criminal violence, upholds the right and responsibility of each state to maintain its security or its borders and strives to strengthen national and transnational police cooperation, in particular through sharing crucial crime related information. The declaration furthermore calls upon all stakeholders to consider the development and delivery of training and technical assistance for law enforcement.

On the second day of the conference the Minister Duncan and Chief Commissioner De Witte had a personal interview with Interpol’s Secretary General Ronald Noble.

At the opening of the conference tribute was paid to all colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty.

There are on average 2.8 million queries per day on the Interpol system. Every day approximately 27 persons are arrested on “red notice”, and 170 stolen passports are retrieved.

The conference concludes today with a visit to the Vatican and the Pope.

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