ASEAN police battle crime, terrorism
MANILA -- Heads of national police forces of ASEAN-member nations have adopted a plan of action for joint response to crises and transnational criminal threats in Southeast Asia.
A joint communique ratified by delegates to the 34th ASEANAPOL Conference in Manila adopted proposals of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in combatting transnational criminal threats by encouraging all ASEANAPOL-member national police forces to share knowledge and skills to deal with terrorism, human trafficking, and illicit drug trafficking.
All member-agencies were also encouraged to actively contribute and use Interpol's databases, and support Interpol Southeast Asia Foreign Fighters Project, which targets transnational or foreign fighters joining terrorist groups.
Interpol has maintained the status as a dialogue partner of ASEANAPOL in its annual conferences.
As part of the plan of action to address illicit drug trafficking, the ASEANAPOL resolved to endeavor concerted efforts and strengthen cooperation among member countries in fighting illegal drugs.
The body also resolved to enhance cross-border cooperation among its members in conducting coordinated operations in combating drug trafficking.
ASEANAPOL also called on all members to reinforce cooperation in preventing and suppressing terrorist activities by implementing strategies in the detection, deterrence, rehabilitation, reorientation, counter-radicalization, de-radicalization and community engagement.
Member countries are likewise encouraged to establish specific detention centers for terrorist suspects and prisoners to prevent them from spreading radical ideas in accordance with laws and policies of respective countries.
In support of INTERPOL, the ASEANPOL also encouraged members to provide staff officers for the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and INTERPOL Liaison Office in Bangkok.
The 34th ASEANAPOL conference closed with the endorsement of Indonesian National Police as next host for the 35th ASEANAPOL Conference in 2015.