Global policing bodies discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on crime

Global policing bodies discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on crime

The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has held a meeting with regional policing bodies to discuss challenges to global policing posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The meeting was the fourth edition of the ‘INTERPOL Dialogue on an effective multilateral policing architecture against global threats’. It resulted in a joint declaration endorsed by the participating organisations, which sets out a roadmap for co-ordinating the exchange of information on coronavirus related threats and the challenges posed by the outbreak.

As well as cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes, the meeting noted that the ongoing pandemic has also been exploited by terrorists and organised crime groups. For example, when a vaccine or other curative medical products will be available, INTERPOL foresees an increase in theft and counterfeiting of these medicines.

Participating organisations included AFRIPOL, Ameripol, the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council, ASEANAPOL, the Economic Cooperation Organization, Europol, Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency) and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL. 

Source: International policing at the crossroads of health and security

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