Greece offers security support for Cricket World Cup

Senior Greek police officials offered their expertise in the preparation of security arrangements for the 2007 Cricket World Cup during a visit to the Interpol General Secretariat on 6 July.

Police officials from the Caribbean have requested Interpol’s assistance during the tournament, which will be held in the region for the first time in March and April 2007.

The Greek police amassed experience in providing security during large sporting events when Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. They assisted the security effort for this year’s football World Cup in Germany, and are meeting with officials from Beijing and London, which will hold the next two Summer Olympics.

The high-level delegation, led by the chief of the Hellenic Police, Lieutenant General Anastassios Dimoschakis – in his first official visit abroad since assuming the post in March – met with Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to talk about ways in which the Greek police could co-operate with Interpol on security during the cricket championships as well as in other areas.

While meeting with Mr Noble, Chief Dimoschakis discussed the Greek police’s activities related to illegal immigration and people smuggling, including an operational exercise targeting this crime in southeastern Europe under the auspices of the Council of Europe.

The officers also heard presentations on Interpol tools which can assist operations and investigations, including international notices, databases and the I-24/7 global police communications system.
Source: Interpol

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