PNP chief attends Aseanapol conference in Vietnam

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde and a 20-member PNP delegation are in Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the 39th Asean Association of Chiefs of Police (Aseanapol) Conference.

PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said Albayalde will present the PNP’s country paper on current transnational crime concerns, including efforts aimed at strengthening international cooperation with other police forces in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) against transnational syndicates.

“The PNP delegation will attend sessions of three Conference Commissions to discuss topics on illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, arms smuggling, trafficking in persons, maritime fraud, commercial crime, cybercrime, fraudulent travel documents, transnational fraud, Aseanapol Database System, mutual assistance on criminal matters, exchange of personnel and training programs, and the Aseanapol Forensic Science Network,” said Banac.

Official police delegations from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and the host agency, Socialist Republic of Vietnam Police, will be attending the event which will be held until September 20.

Also attending are observer and dialogue partner delegations from Fiji, Timor Leste, National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ASEAN Secretariat, ICPO-INTERPOL, Australian Federal Police, National Police Agency of Japan, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, EUROPOL, Russia, Turkey and the National Police Agency of Republic of Korea.

Banac said Albayalde and the rest of the PNP delegation will also hold a bilateral meeting with the UK National Crime Agency and the Australian Federal Police. (SunStar Philippines)


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