The Interpol General Assembly has voted to appoint Jürgen Stock for a second term as Secretary General of the 194-member organisation. Nominated by Interpol’s Executive Committee as its candidate, delegates voted unanimously to re-appoint Stock as the head of the world police body. He was first elected to the post back in November 2014.
Interpol President Kim Jong Yang has praised Secretary General Stock for his leadership of the organisation in the face of a complex and challenging global threat environment. “Secretary General Stock has worked tirelessly to strengthen the role and visibility of Interpol. By introducing a number of important reform measures and initiatives to benefit all of our 194 members, Jürgen has constantly shown his commitment to the organisation and the police officers we serve,” explained President Kim.
Secretary General Stock thanked delegates for their endorsement and said he was “proud and humbled” to be reappointed as the head of Interpol. “No one country can address the security challenges of today, and tomorrow, alone. This is why a strong and neutral Interpol is more important than ever,” said Stock.
He added: “Interpol is a voice for every police officer who risks their life simply by doing their job. It’s the global net to catch fugitives attempting to evade justice. Interpol is how an image recovered from the Darknet results in child abuse victims being rescued. I look forward to working with all member countries over the next five years, and I will continue to ensure that the voice of police is heard inside the UN Security Council before the G7 and other international fora,” concluded the Interpol chief.
Secretary General Stock enters his second and last term having implemented a number of key changes in four areas: improving core business services to police, establishing strong partnerships, embracing innovation and strengthening governance structures and mechanisms. These include:
*the introduction of three global programmes: counter-terrorism, organised and emerging crime and cyber crime, which form the basis of all Interpol’s policing activities
*the creation of a specialised Task Force to review every Red Notice request and wanted person’s diffusion
*the launch of a Working Group on governance to review the legal framework around the organisation’s governing bodies
*a change in the funding model to focus more on public sector contributions (at present, 95% of Interpol’s voluntary funding is from partnerships with Government agencies)
A central tenet of the Secretary General’s vision for Interpol’s future is the I-Core initiative. I-Core is a ten-year multi-tiered programme designed to enhance Interpol’s policing capabilities and deliver more support and impact to front line policing.