April 11, 2013
On April 9-10, 2013, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble visited INTERPOL Washington, the United States National Central Bureau. Mr. Noble is the first United States citizen to hold the position of INTERPOL Secretary General and the youngest in the history of INTERPOL. Mr. Noble's visit signified the vital partnership between INTERPOL and the United States in the increasingly globalized effort to combat transnational crime. During Mr. Noble's visit, INTERPOL Washington Director Shawn Bray stated that "The fact that both INTERPOL President Ballestrazzi and Secretary General Noble took the initiative to visit our office during the past month was very significant for us. Mr. Noble was very supportive of the work that we do and even took the time to personally thank our staff individually."
In addition to Mr. Noble's visit to INTERPOL Washington, he also delivered the keynote address at the third annual International Engagement on Cyber conference at Georgetown University. Mr. Noble addressed the threat of cybercrime stating that it often "originates in one country, is aided in another, and felt in a third" which is "the reason why countries and their law enforcement have looked to INTERPOL." INTERPOL offers tools and resources, as well as a network of over 190 National Central Bureaus all over the world to put an end to transnational crime. Mr. Noble also noted INTERPOL's new International Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) that recently broke ground in Singapore. The IGCI will expressly address cyber security issues and build capacity in combating digital crime. Attendees of the conference varied from military to academia, from members of the intelligence community to cyber technology leaders.
Following his keynote address, Mr. Noble also met with recently-elected INTERPOL Vice President of the Americas region, Alan Bersin. A U.S. citizen, Mr. Bersin serves as the Assistant Secretary of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Pictured below is Secretary General Noble, Vice President of the Americas Region Bersin, and INTERPOL Washington Director Bray following the conference at Georgetown University.