Minister urges sharing efforts in fight against organised crime

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    Sharing of knowledge and cooperation between countries is of empirical importance in the fight against organised crime Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Michael Farrugia said during a meeting with European Police College (CEPOL) Executive Director Detlef Schroder, according to a press statement issued by the government’s Department of Information (DOI). The minister also discussed new emerging technologies to contest sophisticated crime.

    Mr Farrugia explained that despite an increase in population, tourist arrivals and affluence, Malta has registered a decrease in crime rate and how the Malta Police Force (MPF) is expressing more effort in order to strengthen the cybercrime and economic crime units. Both the minister and the director agreed on the need for enhanced training on an international level in the economic and cybercrime units.

    The minister also said that the MPF has doubled its human resources and is investing in continuous training, underlining that security forces must be proactive and a step ahead of criminal organisations and continuous training is needed.

    “Malta has always supported any incentives taken by CEPOL and will continue to do so in the future. We will continue to enhance our bilateral cooperation and support CEPOL in all its initiatives,” said Mr Farrugia.

    In addition, Mr Schroder stated that collaboration needs to continue not only at a national level but also at international level.