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CP visits France and Germany to enhance Police cooperation (with photo)

     The Commissioner of Police, Mr Tsang Wai-hung, is paying a liaison visit to the law enforcement agencies in France and Germany between September 17 and September 21.

     During his visit in France, Mr Tsang paid courtesy calls on Mr Claude Baland, Director General of French National Police, as well as police chiefs of the Military Police (Gendarmerie Nationale) and Paris Police Force.

     Head of the French National Police thanked Hong Kong Police for their cooperation in the fight against financial crime and illegal immigrants in recent years.  More collaboration between the two forces is expected on the combat against organised crime and experience sharing on major event policing.

     Mr Baland stated that both forces were facing similar challenges in maintaining law and order while facilitating public order events in the crowded cities. Experience sharing is therefore very important.

     After the signing of the "Letter of Intent" between French and Hong Kong Police in 2011, cooperation of the two forces has been enhanced considerably.@The visit allowed top management of both sides to identify areas for closer strategic partnership, which included the investigation of organised crime, money laundering, cyber crime, initiatives on counter terrorism, cyber security and crowd management training and tactics.

     "Following this visit to France, direct points of contact of officers from both places engaging in financial crime, cyber crime and organised crime will be established, which will definitely improve the effectiveness of the joint effort in the fight against transnational crime," Mr Tsang remarked.

     The Commissioner headed a four-member delegation, including the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Mr Wong Chi-hung, for the visit. The delegation will depart France and continue the visit in Germany on September 19.

Police Report No. 249
Issued by PPRB

Ends/Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 21:14


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