Union Home Secy stresses the need for cooperation between law enforcement around the world
New Delhi: Highlighting the challenges of tackling transnational organized crime, Union Home Minister Ajay Kumar Bhalla said there needs to be increased operational cooperation and coordination between law enforcement agencies around the world , especially to track criminals and locate the proceeds of crime.
The remark was made by Bhalla on Tuesday as he inaugurated the 8th Interpol (ILO) Liaison Officers Conference held on a virtual platform. The theme of the conference was “Track Crime and Criminals Worldwide”.
In his inaugural speech, Bhalla pointed out that over the past two decades, rapid technological transformations have increased the complexity of police investigations and increased the need for international assistance in criminal matters.
Having an effective international cooperation mechanism, Bhalla added, both through formal channels such as the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and Letters of Demand (LR) and informal channels like INTERPOL has become very important. in the current scenario.
The Minister of the Interior also stressed that Interpol liaison officers play a key coordinating role in the execution of letters rogatory and mutual legal assistance requests from other countries that are transmitted to them for execution.
Bhalla further stated that the government has given approval in principle to join Interpol Global Academy and that the CBI Academy is expected to join the Interpol Global Academy network soon, which will make it a regional hub to deliver various specialized INTERPOL training courses. .
CBI Director, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, during his remarks, said that CBI, as a premier investigative agency, has considerable experience in investigating complex crimes with international connections and strives to secure evidence located abroad.
“Digital evidence is given primacy for the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses and law enforcement agencies around the world cannot work in silos or work in isolation, especially when criminal elements intensify their cooperation through to the use of technology platforms such as darknet, cryptocurrency and encrypted communications,” Jaiswal said.
He said the challenges posed by online radicalization, international terrorist network and organized crime, transnational crimes, financial cybercrimes, etc. require very coordinated and parallel actions to eliminate these networks.
“We are working closely with international law enforcement agencies to geolocate criminals, fugitives and for their return to India,” the CBI director added.
He also said that the CBI is coordinating with international law enforcement agencies to target financial cybercrimes and is also taking substantial steps to address the threat of online child sexual exploitation.
The conference was organized by CBI, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in India. Participants, including ILOs from various agencies.