For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Co-hosts International Conference Entitled "Corruption
Within Security Forces: A threat to National Security"
The FBI together
with the German Federal Criminal Police (BKA) and the George
C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies will be
co-hosting an international conference entitled "Corruption
Within Security Forces: A Threat to National Security,"
in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on May 14-18, 2001.
This is a second
in a series of conferences hosted by the FBI, the Marshall
Center and the BKA to examine the threat that organized
crime poses to national security and regional stability.
This year's conference will focus on corruption of government
officials and processes within security forces: law enforcement,
customs and border control and military service.
objectives are to evaluate the threat that corruption within
security forces poses to the development of democratic processes
and institutions; and its impact on force protection, national
security and regional stability; determine what is required
for the early and successful identification and containment
of corruption within the security forces; review the effectiveness
of measures that have been used to combat and contain corruption;
and to propose measures and processes that should be implemented
domestically and transnationally to eliminate corruption
within security forces. Specifically, a large portion of
the conference will address the issues of weapons smuggling
and illegal immigrants; two problems that are of major concern
to all countries slated to attend the Garmisch meetings.
number more than 120 from nearly 30 countries of North America
and Eurasia. Included on the attendee list are more than
15 Ministers or Members of Parliament and numerous heads
of national agencies that deal with corruption or national
security, such as Security Services, Customs, Criminal Investigations,
Justice, Defense and Counter-Intelligence, as well as representatives
of international organizations such as Europol, the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Organization
of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The FBI will
be represented by Assistant Directors of the Criminal Investigative
Division (CID), and the Office of Professional Responsibility
(OPR); and officials from the Office of General Counsel,
the New York Field Office and the Organized Crime and Corruption/Civil
Rights Sections of the CID.
News media representatives
interested in more information regarding the conference
or in covering the event may contact Debbie Weierman at
the FBI National Press Office at (202) 324-8055 prior to
Friday May 11; or at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen,
Germany at 011 49 8821 750543 starting Saturday, May 12.
Center maintains an academic policy of "non-attribution,"
but the Public Affairs Office of the Center and FBI Media
Representative Debbie Weierman will seek to accommodate
advance requests for interviews with distinguished guest
speakers following their presentations or other requests
for coverage of the conference.
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