Monday November 30, 2015

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The National Commissioner of the Royal Swaziland Police Service - - Mr. Isaac Mmemo Magagula accompanied by two Senior Police Officers, attended the Inauguration of the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation and the Interpol World 2015 in Singapore from 13th - 16th April, 2015.

Also partaking in these events of ground breaking significance in the global safety and security architecture, were Ministers responsible for National Security and Chiefs of Police from the 190 Interpol Member countries.

Officiating in the Inauguration ceremony that was held on the 13th April, 2015, was Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister who IS also that country's co- ordinating Minister for National Security Honourable Teo Chee Hean.

1.1 The Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)

The Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) marks the transition of global policing arrangements from analogue into the digital age, a shift that is in line with developments in technological applications for all sectors around the world .
The Global Complex will be Interpol's cutting-edge facility for research and development on crime trends and the latest methods criminals use to carry out their nefarious activities .

It will assist Police organizations around the world to stay a step ahead of criminals by availing a wide array of innovative technological tools to counter emerging forms of crime that are proving to be a serious challenge .

These crimes include Cyber-Crime or Crimes perpetuated through the medium of computers and the internet.

Crimes of this nature are becoming pervasive yet they cause massive damage to the economies of all countries.

In a nutshell, the IGCI will be the innovation nerve centre of Interpol that brings together experts from a wide range of specialised fields, to ensure that Police Services in Member States are capacitated or have their abilities strengthened to face the realities of modern crime.

Through the facility, training as well as operational and forensic support will be provided to enable Police Services to tackle emerging safety and security threats.

1.2 Interpol World 2015

The National Commissioner and delegation also had occasion to attend the Interpol World Expo 2015 that was held from the 14th to the 16th of April, 2015.

During this event, various leading edge technological tools and products to counter various safety and security challenges were exhibited.

This year the event mainly focused on the latest tools for Cyber Security, Border Safety and Security as well as gadgets for monitoring the Safety and Security of Urban Centres or Cities.

2. How Swaziland in general and the Royal Swaziland Police Service stand to benefit

The National Commissioner stated that the Royal Swaziland Police will fully tap in and utilize the services to be provided by the I GCI especially in the area of training as well as operational and forensic support, so that the organization is well equipped to address capacity shortfalls in areas such Cyber- Crime and Forensic investigations .

He noted that, the services provided. by the IGCI have come at an opportune time when the organization is in the process of modernizing and professionalizing all aspects of its operations in order to contribute meaningfully to His Majesty's vision of ensuring that the country is at the level of First World economies by 2022 .

He then thanked His Majesty's Government for sponsoring and availing the opportunity for the Royal Swaziland Police to attend the milestone events in Singapore.

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