CARICOM IMPACS Security Partnership with Interpol Moves Forward



    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 1 /CNW/ - Interpol Secretary General
Ronald K. Noble has expressed continued commitment to enhancing the
partnership between Interpol and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in securing
the region.
    Noble, accompanied by local Interpol officials met with the Acting
Director and key officials of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and
Security (IMPACS) and CARICOM Operations Planning and Coordinating Staff
(COPACS) in Port of Spain on Tuesday.
    He said Interpol is steadfast in helping all CWC host countries secure
the region's borders by allowing the region's security officials access to
Interpol's global border protection network -- part of which is a database --
"MIND/FIND technology" which will be fully operational before the start of
Cricket World Cup 2007.
    Interpol officers are also included at CARICOM's Regional Intelligence
Fusion Centre located in Trinidad, which means immediate and centralized
access to other Interpol services and databases for CARICOM security and
intelligence officials. This is further complemented by the operations of
Interpol's national central bureaus (NCBs) in all CARICOM member states.
    "Now, for the first time, we have a network of border protection in place
that is not in place anywhere in the world, and I am very satisfie," Noble
said.
    This revolutionary security measure has already enabled the barring of 29
persons from entering the region since its implementation two months ago.
    Those identified were criminal suspects and those in possession of stolen
travel documents.
    This detection record over the past two months compares with 97 documents
seized between 2002 and the end of 2006.
    The "MIND/FIND" technology allows airport and seaport officials to
thoroughly check the passports of potential visitors against Interpol's
database which contains information on more than 13 million stolen and lost
documents from over 120 countries.
    The Secretary General met with Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, The
Honourable Patrick Manning, Minister of National Security, Senator The
Honourable Martin Joseph and Police Commissioner Trevor Paul on Monday to
discuss global border protection network and security plans for the CWC as
part of his five regional destination visit to the region in monitoring the
readiness of Security arrangements for CWC 2007.
    IMPACS, which in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service, coordinated the Secretary General's visit, has expressed gratitude to
Mr. Noble and Interpol for having supported the region's security efforts, so
making it difficult for unwanted elements to enter the region.

    
    Adelle Roopchand
    Communications Officer
    CARICOM IMPACS
    Email:   aroopchand@carimpacs.org
    Tel:     1-868-628-3311/2733
    Fax:     1-868-628-9795
    Mobile:  1-868-793-5966

    




For further information:

For further information: Adelle Roopchand, Communications Officer,
CARICOM IMPACS, +1-868-628-3311/2733, Fax: +1-868-628-9795, Mobile:
+1-868-793-5966, aroopchand@carimpacs.org

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