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November 28, 2022

Border Police, FBI, Coast Guard leadership discuss Cross-border organized crime

Cross-border organized crime was one of the topics addressed during the meetings between the inspector general of the Romanian Border Police, Victor-Stefan Ivascu, and the leadership of the FBI and the Coast Guard of the United States of America, on September 20-22.

The Romanian official participated in the second phase of the FBI Workshop on “Response to Critical Incidents,” occasion on which he took part in the briefings and meetings held on how critical incident response is managed in the US.

“During the visit to the FBI, the head of the Romanian Border Police met Mr. Paul Abbate, deputy director of the FBI, discussing one of the most serious and complex phenomena that our institution manages – cross-border organized crime, mentioning the fact that a good part of the activities are channeled towards combating illegal migration and cross-border crime, in particular, the smuggling of excise goods, the need for professional training being emphasized at the same time,” informs a press release from the General Inspectorate of the Border Police (IGPF) sent on Friday to AGERPRES.

Also, considering the increasing number of attempts to illegally cross the border between Mexico and the USA, while referring to the Romanian citizens, the head of the Romanian Border Police specified that he can support law enforcement structures in the USA, including with personnel specialized in several fields from illegal migration (forged/falsified documents, debriefing, profiling).

“In the same context, the Romanian delegation also had a meeting with Admiral Michael P. Ryan, deputy commander for operations of the US Coast Guard, discussing the possibility of organizing joint training, documenting and applying the best practices in the field of coast guard functions, such as: maritime security, protection of the marine environment, search and rescue at sea, etc., but also to achieve an exchange of experience and best practices in specialized training, with an emphasis on procedures work, as well as in order to acquire the best practices in the field of risk analysis, planning and organization of missions and profiling of naval traffic,” reads the same source.

During the workshop organized in Washington DC, the chief inspector of the Romanian Border Police, together with the head of the Territorial Inspectorate of the Border Police Sighetu Marmatiei, chief police commissioner Florin Coman, met and had briefings with the executive staff from within the FBI – Victim Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Program.

At the same time, they visited the Intelligence and Strategic Operations Center of the FBI Office in Washington, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington DC, as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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