INTERPOL Chief visits Colombia to boost regional police cooperation

INTERPOL Chief visits Colombia to boost regional police cooperation

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with senior law enforcement leaders in Colombia to strengthen police cooperation in the region.

Discussions between Secretary General Stock and General Rodolfo Palomino López, Director General of the Colombian National Police; Director of Criminal Investigations and INTERPOL, Jorge Enrique Peralta; and Flor Edilma Cañon Ortiz, Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bogota focused on enhancing collaboration to tackle crime threats in the country and beyond.

Mr Palomino López underscored his country’s continued support to INTERPOL and highlighted the ‘value of its tools and services in reinforcing global policing efforts’.

The INTERPOL Chief praised Colombia’s key role in recent operations including Operation Lionfish II targeting drug and weapons trafficking in Central America and the Caribbean, and Operation Maya II aimed at combating the transnational criminal networks behind illicit trade in the region.

Additionally, Secretary General Stock held discussions with Miguel Iñiguez Sotomayor, Delegate of the Executive Secretary of AMERIPOL and Colonel with the Ecuadorian National Police, to promote greater cooperation between INTERPOL and the regional police body.

INTERPOL and AMERIPOL must continue to build upon their existing relationship and present a unified front against criminal networks operating in the Americas through joint law enforcement activity, said Mr Stock.

Based in Bogota, AMERIPOL brings together law enforcement agencies across the Americas region to support transnational criminal investigations and judicial assistance.