Information sharing between Police and Customs would help Customs’ capability – WCO

L-R: Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization and Mr. Jurgen Stock, Secretary-General of INTERPOL

Sharing of information and intelligence between Customs and Police would enhance Customs’ capability, as the first line of defence at borders, for improved targeting against illicit trade and to better assist Police with its expertise in criminal organizations.

Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), highlighted the importance of this while speaking at the in-person plenary session of the 89th General Assembly of INTERPOL, in Istanbul, Turkey during the week, to strengthen Customs-Police cooperation.

Secretary-General Mikuriya who attended the event at the invitation of Mr. Jurgen Stock, Secretary-General of INTERPOL explained how the WCO supports Customs administrations in identifying goods and applying risk management techniques based on its international standards, strengthening Customs cooperation, and supporting capacity building.

He added that these efforts, along with the cooperation between Customs and Police and by respecting each other’s competence and building mutual trust, contribute to making the world safer.

The INTERPOL General Assembly adopted its Strategic Framework for 2022-2024 and identified four strategic areas: provision of quality data for action; cooperation and strategic partnership with police and non-police actors; innovation supported by research; and organizational performance. It also adopted a substantial and progressive increase in Member statutory contributions over the coming three years that marks a departure from the current zero-real-growth policy in contributions.

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