INDIA. Mumbai: 59 participants from 44 countries are attending the 3rd Interpol Young Global Police Leaders Programme (YGPLP), which seeks to build trust between international police forces and is organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Central Burea in New Delhi until February 2.
This year, participating coaches include Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, National Police Commissioner of Iceland; Krista Aas, Deputy Director General of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board; and Nick Evans, Acting Assistant Director for Innovation and Research at the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency.
The programme was inaugurated on January 25 by Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock. In his virtual address, Stock said Delhi is home to one of the most successful Interpol General Assemblies. He complimented the CBI for hosting the event and India for its continued commitment to INTERPOL.
Recalling the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the Interpol General Assembly last year, Stock said that “crime somewhere is crime everywhere. The main theme before us is maintaining trust in the criminal investigation process in a digitised world.”
Stock underlines that this brings together two inescapable realities of our times: the ongoing challenges and opportunities arising from the emergence of artificial intelligence, big data, and augmented reality, including through disruptions like the Metaverse. Second, the continued globalisation of criminal activity and the fundamental necessity for a collaborative approach to combat it effectively.
He told the participants that “it will be your decision making and the culture that you create within police forces around the world that will establish whether trust, the building block of international police cooperation, is embedded in policing in the 2020s, the 2030s, and beyond”.
He also said that new technology is always treated with more skepticism when deployed by governments rather than the private sector. We need to ensure that the right protections are in place and that the risks identified are addressed. A second building block for trust is not only in designing the right system but in delivering results. Third, to build trust with the right mindset.
“The international dimension of criminality can be linked to almost any aspect of modern crime. We are here to build bridges across police forces, founded on a common mission to foster global collaboration, which will span distance and time,” Stock added.
CBI Director Subodhkumar Jaiswal said that this programme would give an overview of the scale and scope of the policing system in India and would help in the capacity building of future police leadership. “In keeping with Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’s theme of the world being one family, the Young Global Police Leaders Programme provides an inspirational platform for not only young police officers from around the world but also for youth in general,” he added.
The young global police leaders attended the Republic Day celebration and also paid homage at the National Police Memorial the next day. During the ongoing programme, they will visit CBI Headquarters, the Global Operations Centre, Delhi Police Headquarters, Maharashtra Police Headquarters, the Mumbai Police Control Room, and the National Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Established in 2019, the YGPLP is a flagship INTERPOL leadership programme for promising young police officers. It brings together young police officers below 37 years of age, holding vital assignments in their respective countries and helps them develop an international perspective and understanding.
Also Read: CBI Conduct Raids at 12 Locations in Connection with Bank Frauds