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AMERIPOL Summit discusses advances in prosecution of transnational crime.


Alvaro Briones, OAS Department of Public Security Acting Director, greets President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic, at the National Palace during the AMERIPOL Summit.

The Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL) held its Fifth Summit Meeting from 28 to29 November at the V Centenario Hotel, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to share experiences and the latest advances in prosecuting transnational crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism.

AMERIPOL and the OAS have signed a Cooperation Agreement which has allowed for the development of significant projects throughout 2012.  During the Summit the two organizations presented their jointly prepared book, “Buenas Prácticas Policiales, un Modelo de Intervención efectivo y Trascendente para las Américas” (Good Police Practices, an effective and transcendental intervention model for the Americas).

Police Chiefs agreed that bringing together police entities from the hemisphere has led to effective information exchanges and to an ability to operate simultaneously against transnational organized crime. 

José Roberto León Riaño, Colombia’s Police Chief and AMERIPOL president, observed that AMERIPOL is becoming the referent police model in the Americas. “Information exchanges have contributed to specific operational actions in successfully confronting a wide variety of crimes”, stated León Riaño during the Summit’s opening remarks.

Leon Riaño also highlighted the work of the observer organizations in strengthening AMERIPOL’s actions regarding technical, scientific, and educational police cooperation, information exchanges, criminal investigations, and legal assistance.

José Armando Polanco, Chief of the Dominican Republic National Police, added that discussions included drug trafficking as fundamental structure of organized crime; as well as other crimes such as trafficking in undocumented emigrants, human trafficking, arms trafficking, trafficking of stolen vehicles, money laundering, crime and multiple homicide.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, hosted Summit participants at the Ambassadors Hall of the National Palace. 

Previous AMERIPOL meetings took place in Chile (2008); Brazil (2009); Mexico (2010) and El Salvador (2011).  AMERIPOL was proposed by Colombia’s National Police, and subsequently created during the III Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Police Chiefs in Bogota, Colombia in 2007.  AMERIPOL membership consists of police entities from 29 American countries.

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