Interpol convention focuses on emerging trends in terrorism

The Interpol Global Security and Counterterrorism Convention convened in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday and will conclude on Jan. 30, with the goal of identifying emerging trends in terrorism and transnational crime in order to develop a coordinated response.

More than 200 attendees from 70 countries gathered to discuss a range of issues, including transnational fighters, kidnapping for ransom and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive terrorist threats.

"Interpol supports the global law enforcement community in dismantling criminal and terrorist networks through operational assistance, its global databases, criminal intelligence resources, as well as training and technical expertise," Nobuyuki Kawai, Interpol's vice president for Asia, said. "Our biggest challenge is how to remain ahead of these transnational criminals in this increasingly globalized world, and we must continue to adapt, innovate, anticipate, and see what is beyond the conventional law-enforcement horizons."

Police chiefs, heads of counterterrorism units and international experts from academic, governmental and private sector institutions were updated on tools and services available from Interpol, including a network of 200 counterterrorism contact officers, Incident Response Teams and the Integrated Border Management Task Force.

"History and experience clearly show that information exchange is essential in combating all forms of crime, but this is still not the case when it comes to terrorism, and this needs to change," Jean-Michel Louboutin, Interpol's executive director of police services, said. "INTERPOL is ideally and uniquely placed to support the global law enforcement community in these efforts."