ALMATY, Kazakhstan, March 18 (UPI) -- Interpol announced Wednesday the launch of a project designed to connect Central Asia to the international police organization's security database.
Interpol has been working on a project to provide security authorities in Central Asia with access to its I-24/7 global communications system and its Mobile Interpol Network Database/Fixed Interpol Network Database technical solution.
On Wednesday, Interpol officials announced the organization has received approximately $3.99 million in funding from the European Union that will support the expansion of the Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States program, Interpol reported.
Officials said the aim of the TACIS project is to connect more than 50 sites in Central Asia to I-24/7 in a move to support new security initiatives in the region and combat transnational criminal organizations and other threats.
"If we are to effectively tackle the challenges of 21st century crime and border security, it is crucial that officers in the field have an immediate and direct connection to Interpol's global databases," Alexander Gridchin, assistant director of Interpol's I-24/7 coordination subdirectorate, said in a statement.
"TACIS Central Asia has a vital role to play in furthering the effectiveness of our regional and global policing."