The US$10 million agreement, which will see the creation of the Interpol Group of Major Event Security Experts (IGMESE), was formally signed at the 81st Interpol General Assembly on Monday. Former deputy assistant commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police Service, Janet Williams, who led and oversaw policing protective security planning for the London Olympic Games, will chair the new Group, which will bring together specialised law enforcement professionals and security experts from all regions of the world.
“We recognise that hosting the FIFA World Cup, one of the world’s largest international sporting events, will entail a wide variety of challenges,” said Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser Al Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee’s Security Committee. “By working with Interpol and its network of 190 member countries, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee will be able to draw on a pool of expertise from around the world on how best to host a successful and safe tournament while adhering to the highest international standards. Together we are committed to identifying further areas of cooperation in which Interpol’s global tools and international law enforcement networks can further support our national and regional security. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee looks forward to close collaboration on other strategic initiatives.”
In addition to planning, preparing and implementing a security strategy for stadiums, persons and locations throughout Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, identifying the training needs for law enforcement personnel in Qatar and other countries hosting major sporting events, the group will also develop best practices and international standards relating to security for all types of major events. Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, added: “Interpol’s group of experts and its General Secretariat will work closely with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, the Ministry of the Interior and our National Central Bureau in Doha during the next 10 years as part of a fully collaborative approach to prepare and implement the necessary security framework and practices. Already the world leader in international police information exchange, the creation of this group of experts will see Interpol become the reference point for all security elements linked to hosting a major event, sporting or otherwise.”