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OAS and National Police of Colombia Contribute to Strengthening Capacities against Crime in the Americas

  September 30, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Police Training Program (PICAP) provided training for more than 30 police officials of the Americas in a Course concerning Management of Police Intelligence. The Course took place in the City of Bogota, Colombia, from September 26 to September 30, 2011, and, for the first time, fifteen police officials from ten different Caribbean States participated.

"Thanks to this type of initiative, the police institutions of the Americas have been able get to know each other, exchange knowledge and experiences and generate relationships based on trust which will facilitate the coordination of actions to combat organized crime,” indicated Adam Blackwell, OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security.

Through support programs, the OAS will continue to promote horizontal cooperation-based initiatives directed towards strengthening the capacities of the institutions responsible for public security in the Hemisphere. The Cooperation Agreement recently completed between the Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL) and the OAS will enable the increment in the quality and coverage of these programs.

In his capacity as host of the Training Course, the Director General of the National Police of Colombia, General Óscar Naranjo, remarked, "For the National Police of Colombia it has been a great honor to contribute to the development of the OAS' Inter-American Police Training Program and to share the experience which Colombia has in the area of police intelligence, to better the security of citizens across the continent.”

The event took place a few weeks before the III Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA) which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on November 17-18. The central theme of the Meeting will be police management, an issue of fundamental importance to improve security for citizens of the Americas.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-862/11