Using technical solutions developed by INTERPOL, Cambodia and Viet Nam can now instantly conduct real time searches of INTERPOL’s global databases. This database currently contains over 30 million entries from more than 150 countries, including information on “Stolen and Lost Travel Documents.”

After only a few months, the INTERPOL’s IT-based information exchange system is proving results. Some listed criminals have been detected in the border area between Cambodia and Viet Nam and judicial procedures are now proceeding.

The joint European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) “Enhanced exchange of information between INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in the ASEAN capitals and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO)-INTERPOL General Secretariat by extending INTERPOL capacity and improved regional co-operation” Project was funded by the EU and implemented by INTERPOL.The project aims to enhance exchange of information between INTERPOL NCBs in the Pilot Countries (Cambodia and Viet Nam) and the ICPO-INTERPOL General Secretariat by extending INTERPOL capacity and to increase regional and international law enforcement cooperation and better support the national police forces.

Through the project, 16 pilot remote sites in Cambodia and Viet Nam are now connected to INTERPOL’s secure global communication system, known as I-24/7. The 16 sites comprise 12 border control points and two regional police offices. As Pilot Countries of this project, Cambodia and Viet Nam called for the expansion of INTERPOL’s information exchange system to include other countries of ASEAN.

The Central Department of Security of the Kingdom of Cambodia last week hosted a ceremony to mark the successful conclusion of the project. Inaugurated by His Excellency Pol. Lt. Gen. Sok Phal, Deputy Commissioner General of the Cambodia National Police, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, INTERPOL General Secretariat, Heads of the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCB) in Cambodia and Viet Nam, the ASEAN Secretariat, and stakeholders.

The INTERPOL-developed IT system was one of three components under the EU-ASEAN Migration and Border Management Programme. The four-year Programme aims to support the development of an Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) in order to facilitate the legal movements of good and persons, and better combat transnational crime, illegal migration and trafficking in human beings. It is the flag-ship regional programme on border management in ASEAN with funding support from the EU.