Rising cybercrime threats focus of INTERPOL’s policing dialogue in Tunisia




Gathering at the INTERPOL Dialogue, leaders of regional policing bodies discussed the need for a more effective and coordinated response to tackle cybercrime and other transnational threats.

The growing trend of ‘cybercrime as a service’, with more sophisticated, more complete and more accessible packages of services and tools lowering the barriers to entry for would-be cybercriminals, was identified as key development

Addressing the two-day (held on October 27 and 28, 2021) meeting hosted at the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council General Secretariat in Tunisia, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said more than ever these global threats require timely transnational law enforcement response.

“We are here to determine what the global policing architecture should look like, to ensure that the police officer in the field has access to the right information that can prevent a crime, save a life, or stop a terrorist attack,” said Secretary General Stock.

“Over the past 18 months we have seen a parallel crime pandemic and only through effective multilateral law enforcement cooperation can we tackle cross-border threats.

“Duplicating information channels, contact points, and operational efforts risks information falling through the cracks. It risks criminals taking advantage of gaps in coordination,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Dr Mohammed Ben Ali Koman, AIMC Secretary General said, “The repercussions of globalization, the developments in communication and modern technologies, the increasing presence of the virtual world, and the transnational character of organized crime make us all vulnerable to common challenges.

“These cannot be dealt with effectively without uniting all of our efforts in the framework of an effective multilateral policing architecture against global threats.”

The series of Dialogue meetings is aimed at building on INTERPOL’s strong belief in the importance of adopting a comprehensive and coordinated global approach to cross-continental security threats.

Participating Dialogue members were AFRIPOL, AIMC, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, Europol, FRONTEX, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL (GCCPOL), with observers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, and the UNODC.

The Tunisia forum was the fifth edition of the Dialogue since its launch in March 2016.

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