Camp Crame, Quezon City – PNP Chief Police General Dionardo B Carlos flew to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to represent the Philippines in the 40th ASEAN National Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference.
Pgen Carlos was heading an 11-man PNP delegation to this year’s annual conference among national police agencies of 10 ASEAN-member countries hosted by the Cambodian National Police. During the 3-day conference, the ASEAN Chiefs of Police discussed the current transnational crime concerns, including efforts aimed at strengthening international cooperation with other police forces in the ASEAN region against transnational syndicates.
Among the attendees of the 40th ASEANAPOL were the Chiefs of the Royal Brunei Police Force; Cambodian National Police; Indonesian National Police; Lao People’s Democratic Republic General Department of Police; Royal Malaysian Police; Myanmar Police Force; Philippine National Police; Singapore Police Force; Royal Thai Police; and Socialist Republic of Vietnam Police. Also present were the delegates of Dialogue Partner and Observers from Australian Federal Police, Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, National Police Agency of Japan, Korean National Police, New Zealand Police, National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom, ICPO-INTERPOL, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Turkey National Police and Representative from the Russian Embassy in Phnom Penh.
The PNP delegation attended sessions of three Conference Commissions to discuss topics on Illicit drug trafficking, Terrorism, Arms Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, Wildlife Crime, Maritime Fraud, Commercial Crime, Cybercrime, Fraudulent travel documents, Transnational Fraud, electronic ASEANAPOL Database System, mutual assistance on criminal matters, exchange of personnel and training programs, and ASEAN Police Forensic Science Network.
On the sidelines of the conference, the CPNP had a short meeting with the HoD of UK NCA, AFP and Cambodian National Police.
The Philippines is a founding member of the ASEANAPOL and hosted its 1st conference in 1981 which was held in Manila. Its recent hosting on the said conference was on May 2014. It was created for the purpose of having mutual contribution and synergy of policing resources and expertise to effectively thwart organized and emerging international criminal enterprises for a safer ASEAN Community.