The first Interpol World, an international event on security initiatives and technology, was launched in Singapore on April 14 by Interpol in coordination of the Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs.

The event saw the presence of senior officials of Interpol, the world’s largest international police organisation alongside chiefs of police from its 190 member countries and 258 exhibiting companies from 34 countries and territories worldwide.

The Interpol World 2015 is expected to serve as a catalyst for expanding cooperation between police forces and bring the private and public sectors together in security technology research and development.

The Interpol estimated that police forces across the globe spent thousands of millions USD to develop, purchase and apply technology for crime prevention and combat. However, in many cases, police technologies were outdated in comparison with the technologies used by criminals.

Solutions, thus, are required to address the rising demand for advanced technologies and capacity building to meet real global security challenges.

The event comprises conferences and private dialogues between government policy makers, influencers and security professionals in line with an exhibition, focusing on cyber security, safe cities, border management, and supply chain security.

Participants to conferences and dialogues discussed the threats and challenges in dealing with technology crimes as well as applying technology in crime combat. Several practical initiatives to the issues were also presented.

During the event, police organisations exchanged experience in their works and signed cooperation agreements on technology support and transfer.

Several big names, such as Microsoft, RSA, Symantec, ST Engineering and Motorola, showcased their latest technologies at the Interpol World exhibition, which expects to greet 8,000 visitors during the 3-day event.

Interpol officially opened the 27,000 sq. m Interpol Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) the previous day.-VNA