Asian police to join hands during disasters

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The heads of all law-enforcement agencies in Southeast Asia have adopted a plan of action for joint response to crisis situations such as disasters and to address transnational criminal threats in the region.

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A joint communiqué ratified by delegates to the 34th ASEANAPOL conference held in Manila this week adopted the proposals of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-INTERPOL) for combating transnational criminal threats.

It encourages all ASEANAPOL member-national police forces to share regional knowledge and skills to deal with specific crime areas of terrorism, human trafficking and illicit drug trafficking.

All ASEANAPOL member-agencies were encouraged to actively contribute and fully utilize INTERPOL’S databases and support its Southeast Asia Foreign Fighters Project, an initiative of its Fusion Task Force in response to the increasing number of transnational or foreign fighters joining terrorist-affiliated factions in conflict zones.

INTERPOL has maintained the status as a dialogue partner of ASEANAPOL in its annual conferences.

The ASEANAPOL also adopted the proposal to encourage all member-agencies to work jointly with INTERPOL in the wake of any crises resulting from both man-made and natural disasters in accordance with adopted protocols and domestic laws of ASEANAPOL member-countries.

The ASEANAPOL also adopted the proposal for its secretariat to establish liaison with another dialogue partner, the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, on the agreed plan of action based on the consensus of all ASEANAPOL members, and to get the responses of all members for further consideration.

As a plan of action to address illicit drug trafficking, the ASEANAPOL resolved to endeavor concerted efforts and strengthen cooperation amongst member-countries in pursuing and realizing the regional agenda of a Drug Free ASEAN 2015.

The body also resolved to enhance cross-border cooperation amongst its members in conducting coordinated operations in combating drug trafficking.

Member-countries are likewise encouraged to establish specific detention centers for terrorist suspects and prisoners to prevent them from spreading radical ideas in accordance with laws and policies of respective countries.

In support of INTERPOL, the ASEANPOL also encouraged members to provide staff officers for the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and its Liaison Office in Bangkok.

The 34th ASEANAPOL conference closed with the endorsement of the Indonesian National Police as next host for the 35th ASEANAPOL Conference in 2015.

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