European, American policemen discuss law enforcement strengths, weaknesses at Marshall Center Senior Executive Seminar
By Christine June
Public Affairs Office
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Sept. 17, 2015) — Law enforcement officials from the United Kingdom, United States and Italy gave views on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of law enforcement and counterterrorism measures in their countries this morning to 73 executives from 40 countries attending the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
United Kingdom Cmdr. Richard Walton (left), head of the Counter Terrorism Command in London, said “We have laws that allow us to use covert counterintelligence as evidence in prosecuting more than 100 extremists and disrupting many terrorists attacks at home.” This system, he said, took 25 years to develop.
After giving the official Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s official mission statement, Mark Ridley (center), deputy director of NCIS in Washington D.C., said, “I like to break it down for you – our mission is PPR – Prevent Terrorism, Protect Secrets and Reduce Crime.”
Italian Carabinieri Corps Brig. Gen. Carmelo Burgio (right), chief of the 1st Unit of the Anti-Mafia Investigative Direction in Rome, recommended, “We need to support and sustain law enforcement agencies of the Muslim world to better combat terrorists; it’s my opinion, but I think it’s the right, logical choice for the future.”
This discussion complimented the seminar’s theme of 21st Century Converging Threats: Nexus of Terrorism, Drugs and Illicit Trafficking.