Interpol has launched a two-year project to
support counter-terrorism activities across South and Southeast
Interpol’s Project Scorpius will
address current and emerging terrorism-related challenges for law
enforcement, and provide investigative and analytical training to
law enforcement with the aim of preventing and disrupting
terrorism and related crimes.
More than 40 senior law
enforcement officers from counter-terrorism and related crime
units, prosecutors and police institutions in seven countries
gathered in Sri Lanka last month for a three-day ‘decision
makers’ workshop marking the launch of the Interpol project.
Co-hosted with Sri Lanka Police and supported by the Canadian
government, the meeting provided an opportunity for the
participants to discuss the strategies underpinning the project
and lay the groundwork for developing training programmes to
address skills gaps in the regions.
“The nexus between transnational
crime and global terrorism has forced law enforcement and other
security authorities to view the two issues through the same lens
and begin collaborating in an unprecedented manner with other
enforcement agencies across all countries worldwide,” said
Jennifer Hart, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada.
Countries represented at the workshop were Bangladesh, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
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