|Mexico and OAS Share Anti-crime Experiences
Washington, Oct. 16 2011 (Notimex) – The Mexican government has recently announced its plan to present Platforma Mexico – their well-regarded and newly improved criminal information system – with 24 countries across the hemisphere.
Government representatives and police agencies from across the region gathered this past week in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosi to participate in a course sponsored jointly by the government of Mexico and the OAS.
As Secretary for Multidimensional Security at the OAS, Ambassador Blackwell recognizes the importance of the professionalization of police forces in the fight against organized crime. This is the 6th course to be held under the OAS Inter-American Police Training Program (PICAP).
In an interview, Blackwell stated that "the backbone in the fight against transnational organized crime is a professional, transparent, modern, and well-equipped police force, with the tools to communicate to other police organizations around the world."
Blackwell stated that the course meets one of the basic priorities expressed in the meetings of Ministers of Public Security of the Americas - that is, the training of law enforcement groups.
"The emphasis of the PICAP program is based on police leadership," the Secretary said, also noting that the shared knowledge derived from the implementation of shared information systems, will have many additional values in the region.
Secretary Blackwell considers it very important, in this sense, that Mexico, Colombia and other countries in the region are taking the lead on this front, referring to last years course on police intelligence practices held in the South American nation.
"There is no need to import practices from the North, West or East. We are using best practices right here in our hemisphere," he said.
The list of attendees included representatives from Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Uruguay, among others.
Blackwell concluded that the course will be an opportunity for Mexico to share best practices and lessons learned, "to adapt, to a professional police force, ready for the challenges of the future."