Interpol heads to Tel Aviv

By Nathan Jeffay, May 3, 2012

Some 200 senior police officers from 50 countries will head to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, for the 41st European Regional Conference of Interpol.

It will be the first time that Israel will host such a major gathering for Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation. According to an Interpol spokesman the location is "overwhelmingly endorsed" by members.

A conference source said that Tel Aviv was chosen because of the exceptional contribution of Israeli police in fighting cross-border crime, especially by providing technology and training to other police forces around the world.

"The selection of Israel as the conference host is a great honour for the Israel police and the state of Israel," said Yohanan Danino, chief of the Israeli police forces.

The three days of presentations and discussions will focus on dealing with terrorism threats, technological crime, economic crime, extradition cases, migrant workers, demonstrations, crime organisations, and drugs.

Interpol's president Khoo Boon Hui, and its secretary-general Ronald Noble, will headline the conference.

    Last updated: 2:02pm, May 3 2012