Communications surveillance
 Travel surveillance
 Identity documents
 Terrorist watch lists
 Migration and border controls
 Security cooperation
 Financial surveillance



Key Players

About the project



Association of National Police Forces of the ASEAN Region

The Association of National Police Forces of the ASEAN Region (ASEANAPOL) was formed in 1980 to initiate regional police co-operation. Delegates meet annually to discuss crime-related issues. A paper by the Assistant Director for External Relations of the ASEAN Secretariat wrote in 1999 that:

The ASEANAPOL deals with the preventive, enforcement and operational aspects of cooperation against transnational crime. ASEANAPOL has been actively involved in sharing of knowledge and expertise on policing, enforcement, law, criminal justice, and transnational and international crimes. It has established three ad-hoc commissions dealing with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, counterfeiting, economic and financial crimes, credit card fraud, extradition and arrangements for handing over of criminal offenders and fugitives. It has also taken initiatives to combat new forms of transnational crime, such as fraudulent travel documents, phantom ship frauds, product counterfeiting and piracy.

The year 2005 was the 25th Anniversary of ASEANAPOL and consequently, a joint communiqué was produced by the Chiefs of Police to commemorate the event. The 25th ASEANAPOL conference was attended by delegates from the respective police forces of the 10 ASEAN member states as well as an observer from the ICPO-INTERPOL and guests from police organisations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, China, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Korea and Timor Leste.

The communiqué concisely outlines the areas of activity and methods in which the ASEAN police associations currently or hope to work together. Resolutions adopted by the conference included:

Relating to "Terrorism":

  • to exchange information on suspected terrorists and their organisations;
  • to share information and to facilitate access to member countries to interview arrested terrorist subject to the agreement of member countries;
  • to provide assistance to member countries including tracing, freezing and confiscation of assets related to terrorism subject to the agreement of member states;
  • to promote close co-operation between law enforcement authorities and financial institutions.

Relating to "Commercial Crimes, Bank Offences and Card Frauds":

  • to promote close co-operation between law enforcement authorities and financial institutions.

Relating to "Fraudulent Travel Documents":

  • to work closely with the issuing authorities concerning the enforcement of security features of travel documents and the issuance of procedures.

Relating to the "ASEANAPOL Database"

  • ·to finalise the system and to arrange the official launch during the ASEANAPOL conference in 2006.

Relating to "Mutual Legal Assistance":

  • to encourage ratification of the ASEAN Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance;
  • to encourage assigning a police liaison officer where practical in all ASEA countries in order to facilitate mutual legal assistance.


The ASEANAPOL Database

Indonesian Embassy' in Canada News Release

After the 25th ASEAN Chiefs of Police Conference (pdf) in 2005, which announced the anticipation of a completed ASEANAPOL database by the next conference in 2006, Indonesian National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar stated afterwards that he expected the project to be completed by December 2005 for a trial run. He also said he expected the ASEANAPOL and INTERPOL database could be connected to allow for faster communications but "did not deny the possibility of exchanging confidential data within Aseanapol."