Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi is elected as Interpol President

A senior Emirati police official has been elected president of Interpol.

Maj Gen Ahmad Nasser AL Raisi will serve a four-year term as head of the global crime-fighting agency, based in Lyon, France.

He also serves as inspector general of the UAE’s Ministry of Interior. Above all, Maj Gen Al Raisi was elected with  140 nations as representatives. Those are members of Interpol, gaining more votes than their fellow candidates. Czech police Col Šárka Havránková said at a meeting in Turkey on Thursday.

Maj Gen Al Raisi is the first candidate from the Middle East. To assume the position since Interpol was founded in the 1920s.

Maj Gen Al Raisi also said it was “an honor” to be elected to the role.

He said “Interpol is an important organization built on the strength of its partnerships. It is this collaborative spirit, united in mission. That I will continue to foster as we work to make a safer world for people and communities.”

Secretary-General Jürgen Stock oversees the day-to-day running of Interpol. Welcomed Maj Gen Al Raisi’s appointment.

In addition, he said “I look forward to working closely with him in ensuring that Interpol continues to fulfill its mandate and support international police cooperation,”

Dr. Anwar Gargash is a diplomatic adviser to President Sheikh Khalifa. He offered his congratulations, saying his election reflected the UAE’s “achievements and efficiency in the field of law enforcement”.

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Dr. Anwar Gargash said to “modernize and transform” the organization. It will tackle ever more sophisticated criminal activities.

In September he wrote “Interpol is at a crossroads. Criminals have Adopted the latest Technologies. In some respects outpacing law-enforcement agencies.”  As he set out his candidacy.

“To face these emerging forms of criminality. Law enforcement co-operation and capacities must be ever more effective.”

Interpol has an annual budget of about $150 million. Relies on the co-operation of its member countries to carry out operations.

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