Jurgen Stock said his organisation will continue to support Bangladesh in the fight against militancy.
The Interpol secretary general made the remark while addressing the inauguration ceremony of a three-day conference of chiefs of police at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.
The first international police conference to be held in Bangladesh is being attended by the chiefs of Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Bangladesh’s Inspector General of Police Shahidul Hoque said: “The conference theme is appropriate for this time. Violent extremist networks and transnational organised crime pose major threats to national and international security.”
Interpol observed with keenness the response by the Bangladesh government and the development in crime fighting here.
The Interpol chief said: “This is why after the terrorist attack in July last year, with its global police network to share information Interpol provided more and more support.”
Bangladesh police were successful in combating the threat of terrorism in 2016 with the aid of Interpol. The organisation has several very successful global databases it uses to provide greater support to police to combat criminal threats.
“We are now impacted by what goes on beyond national boundaries. Police must stay connected to each other, to cooperate with each other, to built trust among police in different countries,” he said.
“Targeted international operations and cross border operations will be much easier. Our objective is to set up a global early warning system against terrorism and other forms of criminality,” he added.
“It’s a world where timely sharing of information is crucial. Smuggling weapons in one part of the world could lead to deaths in another part of the world,” the Interpol chief said.
“South Asian countries continue to face great challenges, from terrorist activities to transnational threats like illicit traffic of drugs, firearms, and human trafficking,” he said, highlighting transnational crime, complex situations, international terrorist groups, multibillion dollar criminal industries, and environmental crime crises as the primary global threats.
“Tomorrow’s police conference will focus on regional and international info sharing, which is Interpol’s specialty. It is up to local authorities how much they choose to share,” he added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said: “It is everyone’s duty to stand against militancy. Militancy and terrorism have no boundaries. This is why we need to curb it globally.”
The conference, titled “Chiefs of Police Conference of South Asia and Neighbouring Countries on Regional Cooperation in Curbing Violent Extremism and Transnational Crime,” will end on Monday.