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Esscom given access to Interpol's 'persons of interest' database

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) now has vastly improved knowledge of individuals who may present a threat to the country's security after it was granted access to the International Criminal Police Organisation's (Interpol) database.
Interpol's director of operational support and analysis Harald Arm said its database has information on over 75 million individuals of interest.
The access, he said was to ensure that information acquired during the Maharlika Operation, which will commence from Nov 1 to 15, can be shared accurately.
It also ensures that vital policing information from around the world is accessible to front line officials in real time, he said.
Arm said Ops Maharlika was one way for Interpol to work with participating nations to obtain information on terrorism activities.
"Operations such as Maharlika help these nations secure their borders against movement of terrorists and materials which could be used in attacks," he said.
He said no one region could address these issues alone, which was why international collaboration was important.
"This is for global security," he said, adding that its persons of interest database was cross-referenced some three billion times in 2016.
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