UK to host Interpol security summit in Scotland

May 23, 2023


The Home Office will host a major security summit to bring together 195 members of Interpol in Glasgow later this year.

The summit, held 4-7 November, gives the UK a “central role in one of the most important policing and public safety events in the world” with a goal of preventing global illicit activity and tackling criminal threats and risks.

UK Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said “global challenges call for global solutions”.

He added: “Hosting the Interpol General Assembly in Glasgow underlines the UK’s role as a global leader when it comes to security and policing, and demonstrates our steadfast commitment to tackle global threats such as organised crime, terrorism and fraud.”

A Home Office statement said: “It is a key opportunity to drive innovation and leadership in international police cooperation to tackle major crime trends and security threats facing the world, including organised crime, counter-terrorism and fraud,” said the Home Office.”

The gathering is to be held jointly with the National Crime Agency (NCA) whose Director General, Graeme Biggar, said: “We are immensely proud to be the host law enforcement agency for the 2024 General Assembly and to lead the UK delegation.

“Crime has no borders, so now more than ever before the UK must work with its partners around the world to ensure criminals have no place to hide so we can keep our citizens safe.”

The General Assembly is Interpol’s highest governing body and the largest global gathering of senior law enforcement officials and heads of ministries.

It meets annually and the UK’s hosting of the event will follow this year’s 91st General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.


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