Press Release (08.03.2017 - fedpol)

Closer police cooperation between Switzerland and Thailand

Berna. The Swiss Confederation and the Kingdom of Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 8 March 2016 to step up the fight against cross-border crime. Under the agreement, the two countries will provide mutual support to police investigations and tighten their criminal prosecution.

Press Release (11.01.2017 - FDJP)

Facilitated entry to the USA ‒ Global Entry Program to begin for Switzerland in February 2017

Bern. At its meeting on 11 January 2017 the Federal Council approved Switzerland’s participation in the Global Entry Program of the United States of America and authorized the necessary amendment to the Federal Office of Police’s (fedpol) Fees Ordinance. From 1 February 2017 Swiss nationals can register with fedpol to participate in the program. The program facilitates entry to the USA following pre-clearance security checks by the Swiss and US police authorities.

Information (25.10.2016 - fedpol)

Constructive dialogue on human trafficking

Talks at the 4th INTERPOL Global Conference on Human Trafficking in Lugano have strengthened ties between the various partners in fighting human trafficking.

Press Release (19.10.2016 - fedpol)

Switzerland hosts the 4th INTERPOL Global Conference on Human Trafficking

Berne. Fighting human trafficking is at the center of discussions at the 4th INTERPOL Global Conference taking place from today until Friday in Lugano. The conference, which Switzerland is hosting for the first time, is a result of close co-operation between INTERPOL, fedpol and the canton of Ticino. It brings together experts from around the world to discuss the current challenges in fighting this evil crime. Combating human trafficking in Switzerland is one of the priorities of the Federal Council’s law enforcement strategy. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, is also attending the conference.

Press Release (15.07.2016 - FDJP)

Switzerland condemns the attack in Nice and mourns the death of at least two Swiss nationals

Bern. Switzerland is shocked and appalled by the attack in Nice, which claimed the lives of over 80 people. At least two Swiss citizens were among the victims. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, has condemned the attack in the strongest terms and has written to the French President, François Hollande, to express his condolences in the name of the Swiss people. In letters of condolence, other members of the Federal Council also expressed their sympathy and consternation to their French counterparts. On Friday afternoon, the Confederation's Security Core Group met with representatives of the Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland to discuss the situation.

Press Release (10.06.2016 - FDJP)

Federal Council approves tighter security at sports events

Berne. Switzerland and the Council of Europe seek to strengthen security and step up prevention with regard to violence at sports events such as football matches. The aim is to develop a joint approach to tackling violence and adopt best practices at international level. To this end, the Federal Council has approved the revision of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in particular at Football Matches, which is in force in 42 countries including Switzerland. The Federal Council has instructed the Federal Department of Justice and Police to sign the amendment to the Convention, after which a consultation paper is to be drafted and a dispatch submitted to parliament by the end of 2017.

Press Release (07.04.2016 - fedpol)

Agreement between Switzerland and Montenegro to strengthen co-operation on fighting crime

In a bilateral agreement signed on Thursday in Podgorica, Switzerland and Montenegro are to intensify co-operation on fighting all forms of crime. The police co-operation agreement will facilitate information exchange between the two countries and police investigations by cantonal and federal law enforcement services. The agreement adds to the network of similar agreements already concluded with other Balkan states. During its visit to the region, the Swiss delegation will also meet with the Albanian authorities.

Information (29.03.2016 - fedpol)

Anti-money laundering practices

fedpol publishes a collection of its FIU’s practices, views and interpretation of the law on money laundering and terrorist financing.

Press Release (02.11.2015 - FDJP)

Federal Council takes note of report on combating jihadist-motivated terrorism in Switzerland

Bern. The Federal Council has taken note of the second report on combating jihadist-motivated terrorism in Switzerland. It welcomes the progress made so far by the security services and acknowledges the importance of coordination. The council will consider strengthening preventive measures by the police, such as stopping suspected jihadists from leaving Switzerland. For this purpose, it has appointed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) to carry out an evaluation. Moreover, it reiterates the importance of civil society structures in countering radicalisation, and advocates building on these existing structures rather than creating new ones.

Press Release (14.10.2015 - fedpol)

Council of Europe Recommendations to Switzerland on Fighting Human Trafficking

Berne. The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) today published its first evaluation report on Switzerland’s implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Switzerland welcomes the report’s conclusion, that Switzerland has taken important steps to combat human trafficking. GRETA recommends that Switzerland strengthen its efforts to address trafficking in children and trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. It also recommends improving the procedure for identifying trafficking victims.

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