The heads of organised crime combat structures of South-Eastern Europe met in Sibiu, in the period 19 – 22 September, informs a release of the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police (IGPR) issued on Saturday.
The annual meeting, at its 14th edition, was organised by the Romanian Police, the Embassy of the United States of America and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
“The event gathered experts in the area of organised crime prevention and combat, both on a strategic and operational level, within the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police, the Public Prosecution Service, the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the main relevant structures abroad, and the international organisations or bodies: EUROPOL, INTERPOL, FRONTEX, SELEC,” the release reads.
Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Bucharest Abigail Rupp and prosecutor-in-chief of the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Daniel Horodniceanu were among the participants.
“In her opening speech, Mrs Abigail Rupp, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Bucharest, voiced the appreciation of the US law enforcement structures for the professionalism of the Romanian police officers, thanking on their behalf for the excellent cooperation,” the release shows.
IGPR head, chief police quaestor Bodgan Despescu, underscored that “the organisation of this event by the Romanian Police, with the support of the US Embassy and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, proves once more the firm commitment in supporting the international efforts of enforcing the law, particularly in terms of the proactive combat of crime, thus contributing to ensuring security in the entire European area.”
During the four days, the participating experts had a series of debates, bilateral meetings and assessments on topical matters, such as the international dimension of organised crime, the role of organised crime in the circulation of goods coming from crimes, the challenges which the law enforcement agencies are confronted with in the era of encryption, trends and patterns in the area of human trafficking and illegal migration, the combat of terrorism, the combat of drug smuggling and narco-terrorism, the current situation of cyber crime and the threats on the business environment.
According to the IGPR, the annual meeting of the structures of organised crime combat in South-Eastern Europe represents an important landmark of the agenda of the international police cooperation activities carried out by the Romanian Police.
“In the current security context, the demarches made by Romania, including on the level of strengthening the partnerships with the main international police organisations, are increasingly consolidating the role of stability and security pillar of Romania in the region,” the release shows.