Aseanapol members sign landmark protocol, 10 years in the making

Aseanapol members sign landmark protocol, 10 years in the making

PUTRAJAYA: In a historic development today at the 36th Aseanapol Conference, delegates from all 10 countries signed the Communication and Coordination Protocol for Crisis Management (ACCPCM), bringing to a close 10 years of discussions. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the proposal for the protocol was first tabled in 2006 when the conference was hosted in Malaysia. “The ACCPCM aims to speed up the distribution of information and intelligence, and the assistance provided, in the event of any large-scale acts of terrorism which may result in mass casualties or the destruction of buildings and infrastructure.

“Under the proposed protocol, if a terrorist attack were to occur, the affected country can request for specific help from another member country. “Assistance in this situation refers to technical aid such as equipment and professional expertise, such as force blast experts or investigative personnel,” he said at the closing of the 36th Aseanapol Conference at the Marriott Hotel, here today. Meanwhile, Khalid also announced that the Police Forensic Science Network cooperation will commence soon with the first meeting hosted in Malaysia.

“It is our hope that this initiative will collaborate and synergize the use of forensic investigation by all member countries. Khalid said another proud moment in the making would be the signing of the Letter of Intent that symbolizes the cooperation between Europol and Aseanapol. “The document will be signed by the Aseanapol Executive Director, on behalf of the 10 member countries and Europol, at a later agreed date and venue,” he said.