Singapore, 23 November 2018 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and INTERPOL delivered a joint training session from 20th to 23rd of November 2018 at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.
The UNODC-INTEPROL Study Tour and Strategic Analysis Workshop aimed to strengthen the capacity of Pakistani agencies in proactively identifying and responding to security threats posed by terrorist groups.
20 high-level counter terrorism officials from the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Counter Terrorism Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Counter Terrorism Departments (CTDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan, the Islamabad Capital Territory Police. This was the first time that a high-level delegation from Pakistan visited INTERPOL, highlighting Pakistan’s commitment to international cooperation to combat terrorist threats.
This session was carried out in the framework of Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) Project funded by the European Union, and INTERPOL’s Project SCORPIUS funded by the Government of Canada to combat terrorism and related transnational crimes.
As part of the training, participants were exposed to INTERPOL’s Criminal Information System, legal framework, notices, databases and criminal analysis files with an emphasis on counter-terrorism and related transnational crime, as well as international cooperation through INTERPOL channels. Participants took also part in a tour of INTERPOL’s facilities including the Command and Coordination Centre, Digital Forensic Laboratory, and Cyber Fusion Centre.
The training was also carried out with the support of instructors from the King’s College London, Nanyang Technological University, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal United Services Institute, the Singapore Police Force, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
Prof. Rohan Gunaratna of Nanyang Technological University discussed a robust model for the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorists into society and provided illustrative examples of the growing importance of open-source research techniques.
UNODC Consultant Mr. Simon Welch a former Police officer from United Kingdom, illustrated global and regional trends in the field of terrorist financing, and presented a complementary series of investigative techniques for law enforcement to mitigate these threats. Professor Antonio Guistozzi of King’s College London provided expert analysis on the current threat posed to international security by IS/Daish.
Mr. Leif Villadsen from UNICRI provided an analytical framework for understanding the nexus between organized crime and terrorism after which Mr. Raffaello Pantucci of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) delivered a presentation on open-source research and analysis. Mr. David Thorne, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police presented a template which NACTA and CTDs can use to perform group profiling of terrorist organizations in the process of developing threat assessments.
The group toured the training facilities of the Singapore Home Team Academy, where Singapore law enforcement representatives showcased leading-edge police training systems.
The training concluded with a Strategic Analysis Workshop and a practical exercise facilitated by Brigadier (r) Khalid Saleem, a senior national consultant of UNODC Pakistan. During the analysis exercise participants were divided into two groups and were given a hypothetical scenario to identify potential threat posed by terrorist organizations in Pakistan.
This training was a follow-up activity to the workshop “Proactive Approach to Counter Terrorism”, which was delivered by UNODC with the participation of INTERPOL Project SCORPIUS in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 11 to 13 April 2018.
“I would like to thank UNODC for working together with INTERPOL in increasing international security to protect citizens and nations from potential threats. Cooperation between organizations is indispensable to move forward while using available resources in the most efficient way”, said Harold O’Connell, Acting Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, at the closing ceremony.
UNODC Country Representative to Pakistan Mr. Cesar Guedes mentioned “we are glad to have collaborated with INTERPOL, on this occasion, to foster greater international cooperation and to improve Pakistan’s capacity in proactively counter the threats posed by terrorism through a multilateralism approach”.
Present at the closing Ceremony were also H.E. Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada to Singapore; Vivien Gross, delegate of the European Union in Singapore; and Member (JID) from the National Counter Terrorism Authority of Pakistan. They all appreciated this joint initiative of UNODC-INTERPOL.
This collaboration was in line with the Joint Action Plan between the INTERPOL and the UNODC, which spans six common areas, namely: terrorism, illicit trafficking and organized crime, cybercrime, maritime and border security, forensic and criminal justice capacity, and institutional capacity.