Interpol and FBI work together to fight terrorism

Officials with the FBI and Interpol recently spoke at a joint symposium on the increased integration between law enforcement and the public and private sectors to secure critical infrastructure.

The International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium, which took place on July 7-10 in Miami, brought together approximately 350 senior government, industry and law enforcement officials from 90 countries to share best practices, according to an Interpol press release.

James Comey, the director of the FBI, said that by working together, the FBI and Interpol can better understand how to keep infrastructure, communities and the world safe from terrorism, accidents and natural disasters. Interpol is the world's largest police organization with 190 member countries.

"Interpol's assistance to member countries in coordinating the law enforcement response to all forms of crime has seen significant results," Pierre St. Hilaire, the director of Interpol's Counter-Terrorism, Public Safety and Maritime Security unit, said. "We will continue working with member countries to help them protect their critical infrastructure and prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of those who would do their citizens harm."

Interpol briefed the attendees on Interpol's global Turn Back Crime campaign, which means to engage with all sectors of society to highlight roles everyone can play in making the world a safer place.

"As with all crime, the public also has a role to play in fighting terrorism and protecting their own towns, cities and nations," Roraima Andriani, the executive director of Turn Back Crime, said. "But citizens are not necessarily aware of how terrorist acts or criminal activities are perpetrated or funded or how they can assist law enforcement with prevention. With Turn Back Crime we want to empower citizens. It is about raising public awareness to such threats to our infrastructures and how to make communities more resilient to these threats."

The symposium was supported by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.