29 Aug 2017

Solomons' police seek INTERPOL membership

2:18 pm on 29 August 2017

The Solomon Islands' police force is seeking to become a member of the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL).

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

The intention was personally conveyed to the organisation's secretary general Jurgen Stock yesterday by the Solomon's police Commissioner Matthew Varley.

Both were attending the Pacific Islands' Chiefs of Police Conference in Guam.

More than 190 countries are members of INTERPOL and Solomon Islands' membership is expected to be considered by the INTERPOL General Assembly in Beijing in late September.

Mr Varley said he and Mr Stock discussed the Solomons' bid in Guam and agreed that should it be approved, the Solomons' police force would be a valuable world partner in the fight against transnational crime.