Immigration Department can now access I-247 INTERPOL Information System
17 November, 2019, 12:00 pm
The I-247 INTERPOL Information System with the Department of Immigration is now live and officials are now able to access real time information shared by more than 190 member countries.
According to a statement by Police, Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho acknowledged INTERPOL’s support in extending the I-247 system to other law enforcement agencies in Fiji.
“Immigration officials now have direct access to the INTERPOL Information System for officers to conduct real time search/check, sharing of information on crimes and criminals, names, fingerprints to stolen passports,’he said.
“When a person enters our borders whether it be at our international airports to Maritime ports, details of those arriving can be entered into the INTERPOL Information System and they will know who is wanted by INTERPOL throught the records shared by 194 member countries”.
Brigadier General Qiliho says the sharing of information is vital, and INTERPOL has for decades assisted the Fiji Police Force in tackling transnational crime.
“Fiji has been a member of INTERPOL since 1971 and we have benefitted greatly through Police to police cooperation efforts and training opportunities and the extension of its services to the Immigration Department is another major boost in tackling transnational crime and an added security platform for the nation whereby as the hub of travel into the Pacific we will also be able to help our neighboring island nations being the first to have the system”.
“The I-247 database will also help our information and intellgence gathering efforts in regards to the threats of terrorism in securing our borders especially since Fiji’s reputation as an ideal location for hosting global meetings continues to grow, and is another avenue of ensuring the safety of global leaders that come to our country”.
The Fiji Police has had access to the I-247 system since 2004 and a request made to Government by the Commissioner of Police to extend the database system to the Department of Immigration was approved with funding and facilitated this year.