By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. (PNA file photo)

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., left the country on Sunday to represent the Philippines at the 24th Asian Regional Conference of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-Interpol) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that seeks to strengthen member countries in the fight against transnational crime.

Azurin would lead the PNP’s 10-member delegation to the conference slated from Tuesday to Thursday.

In a statement Monday, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said the conference will tackle issues on cybercrime, human trafficking, financial crime, and campaign against terrorism.

She said the conference is expected to beef up the processes in the exchange of information among member countries to further improve the fight against transnational crime.

Azurin emphasized the Philippines’ commitment to strengthening the fight against transnational crime during his participation in the 17th Annual Conference of Heads of National Central Bureaus of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-Interpol) held in Lyon, France in November last year.

He said the conference is among the regular Interpol meetings for member countries to touch base with the global network of police agencies with common interests in combatting transnational and domestic crimes

Azurin also presented a paper highlighting the recent developments in the PNP campaign against illegal drugs, cybercrime, intellectual property rights violations, transnational crime, and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

The Interpol conference is an annual meeting of the leaders of the law enforcement units of different countries to discuss transnational crimes and share best practices in crime prevention. (PNA)