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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.

Press Release (15.09.2015 - fedpol)

New anti-corruption reporting platform

Swiss law enforcement has a new instrument to help combat corruption. The web-based platform www.fightingcorruption.ch enables anyone with information on possible acts of corruption to report their suspicions anonymously to the police. Law enforcement agencies hope the website will provide them with a new investigative approach to fight corruption at national and international level. The new reporting system was put into operation today by the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG).

Press Release (19.06.2015 - FDJP)

First national report on money laundering and terrorist financing risks

Bern. During its meeting today, the Federal Council acknowledged the first report on the national assessment of the money laundering and terrorist financing risks in Switzerland. Drawn up by an interdepartmental working group, the report also contains specific analyses of the most important areas subordinated to the Anti-Money Laundering Act as well as other selected areas that are not. It shows that Switzerland is not immune to financial crime and is still an attractive location for laundering the proceeds of crime mostly committed abroad. The report concludes that the current legislation takes appropriate account overall of the risks identified. At the same time, it recommends measures to strengthen the effectiveness of the Swiss system for combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

Press Release (28.04.2015 - fedpol)

MROS registers a 24% increase in reporting volume

The Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland MROS received significantly more suspicious activity reports (SARs) in 2014 than in the previous reporting year. With a total of 1,753 SARs, this represents an increase of 24% over 2013. The total asset value of these reports remained high, at over CHF 3 billion.

Press Release (26.03.2015 - fedpol)

Significant increase again in CySARs on property offences

Bern. The Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received 10,214 suspicious activity reports on cybercrime (CySARs) from the public in 2014. This represents an increase of approximately 11% over 2013. Sixty-seven percent of these CySARs concerned property offences, a continuing trend from the previous reporting years.

Press Release (08.05.2014 - fedpol)

MROS registers suspicious assets of nearly CHF 3 billion

Berne. The Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) registered suspicious assets of nearly CHF 3 billion in 2013. While the number of suspicious activity reports (SARs) fell slightly over the previous year, the total asset value of these reports remained high.

Press Release (27.03.2014 - fedpol)

Marked increase in fraud and phishing CySARs

Berne. In 2013, its tenth year of operation, the Cybercrime Coordination Unit (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received a total of 9,208 Suspicious Activity Reports on Cybercrime (CySARs) from the public. This represents an increase of more than 11 per cent over 2012. Nearly sixty-one per cent of total reporting volume concerned offences against property, a continuing trend from the previous reporting years.

Press Release (06.11.2013 - fedpol)

Switzerland and Kosovo sign police co-operation agreement

Berne. Switzerland and Kosovo are to intensify their cooperation in the fight against cross-border crime. To this end the two countries signed a police cooperation agreement on Wednesday. The agreement allows the countries to exchange information on criminal suspects, to compile joint risk assessments and to form mixed investigation teams.

Press Release (20.08.2013 - fedpol)

Stiliano Ordolli to be new head of MROS

Berne. Stiliano Ordolli has been appointed the new head of the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol). Mr Ordolli (40), from Geneva, has been deputy head of MROS since 2011. He will take up his new position on 1 September 2013.

Press Release (25.06.2013 - fedpol)

Fedpol Annual Report 2012: Focus on organised crime, terrorism and money laundering

Berne. Organised crime, terrorism, money laundering and human trafficking: the focus of the work by the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) in 2012 remained on these areas of crime. In the fight against crime, fedpol concentrated on monitoring terrorism effectively and co-operating with its national and international partners. Also, a new Witness Protection Unit an important tool in criminal prosecution went into operation.

Press Release (14.05.2013 - fedpol)

MROS registers a total asset value of more than CHF 3 billion

Bern. The number of suspicious activity reports (SARs) submitted to the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) in 2012 remained high, at 1,585 reports. Once again, the total asset value of these reports surpassed CHF 3 billion. Although the proportion of SARs forwarded to law enforcement agencies fell over 2011, it remained at the high level of 86 per cent.

Press Release (23.04.2013 - fedpol)

CYCO receives significantly more complaints of economic crime

Bern. The Swiss Coordination Unit for Cybercrime Control (CYCO) at the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) received a total of 8,241 online complaints from the public in 2012 concerning suspicious Internet content. This represents an increase of 55 per cent over the previous year. For the first time CYCO received more complaints of economic offences than of illegal pornography.

Press Release (13.12.2012 - FDJP)

Switzerland to remain in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program after signing agreements with the U.S.A.

Bern. Switzerland and the United States of America have signed the Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC) agreement―an agreement providing for the exchange of fingerprints and DNA data―and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-6)―a memorandum of understanding on exchanging intelligence on persons suspected or known to be engaged in terrorist activities. The conclusion of the agreements allows Switzerland to remain in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), allowing Swiss nationals to enter and travel throughout the U.S.A. without a visa for up to ninety days.

Press Release (27.06.2012 - FDJP)

Combating Money Laundering — MROS to be vested with greater powers

Bern. The Federal Council is intent on stepping up the fight against money laundering. In change of current practice, the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) is to be authorized to also share financial information with financial intelligence units (FIUs) abroad. In addition, MROS is both to be entitled to conclude agreements on the technical cooperation with FIUs and to be given greater competence in dealing with financial intermediaries. The Federal Council, on Wednesday, took note of the results of the hearings on the proposed amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) and submitted its explanatory dispatch on the amendment to parliament.

Press Release (21.06.2012 - fedpol)

Fedpol 2011 Annual Report

Bern. Occurrences and developments in 2011 in the field of terrorism, organised crime and human trafficking show that the challenges facing the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) remain considerable. Investigating cybercrime is becoming increasingly important too: effective action is vital to combating computer fraud and child pornography as well as investigating cases of incitement over the Internet to violence and of online radicalisation.

Press Release (14.05.2012 - fedpol)

MROS registers a 40 percent increase in reporting volume

Berne. The Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) registered a significant increase in the number of incoming suspicious activity reports (SARs) in 2011. MROS received a total of 1,625 SARs, an increase of 40 percent over 2010. The total asset value involved also rose to a record sum of over CHF 3 billion, more than the 2009 and 2010 reporting years together.

Press Release (18.01.2012 - FDJP)

Combating Money Laundering: International Exchange of Financial Information

Bern. To strengthen the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, and to enhance the integrity of the Swiss financial market the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) should be permitted in future to exchange financial information with foreign partner agencies. The Federal Council today approved a preliminary draft amendment of the Anti Money-Laundering Act and initiated the consultation procedure.

Press Release (28.04.2011 - fedpol)

MROS registers over 1,000 suspicious activity reports

Berne. For the first time since the Anti-Money Laundering Act came into force, the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) received over 1,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) in 2010. This represents an increase of more than 29 percent over the previous reporting period and is in keeping with the trend of the last few years. The total value of assets involved fell to approximately CHF 847 million. Nearly 71 percent of the SARs were submitted by the banking sector.

Press Release (11.01.2011 - fedpol)

Attorney General: Unlawful procurement of funds - strike against proponents of the LTTE in Switzerland

Berne. Today, the Swiss Federal Criminal Police (FCP) carried out a nationally coordinated operation directed at Tamil individuals and members of the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE). They are accused, amongst other offences, of money laundering and membership of a criminal organisation. In ten cantons a total of 23 premises were searched and 10 individuals arrested. The police operation, led and coordinated by the FCP, was authorised by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and was conducted in close collaboration with the cantonal police forces.

Press Release (08.04.2010 - fedpol)

Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland — All-time High in Number of Reports on Suspicious Financial Transactions

Berne. Increasing by 5.3 percent over the previous year, the number of reports made in 2009 for suspicion of money laundering hit an all-time high since reporting suspicious financial transactions was made mandatory. An upward trend in the number of suspicious activity reports underway for the past three years continued in 2009. Never has the value of assets implicated, 2.23 billion Swiss francs, been more substantial than in the year under review. The banking sector accounted for two thirds of all reports.

Press Release (31.03.2009 - fedpol)

MROS reports increase in the number of incoming suspicious activity reports in 2008

Berne. The number of suspicious activity reports (SARs) in connection with money laundering rose again in the 2008 reporting period. With a total of 851 SARs (2007: 795), this represents an increase of seven percent. The increase was due mainly to the greater volume of reports from the banking sector, which reached a new record high. The total value of assets involved doubled to reach an all-time high of CHF 1.87 billion.

Press Release (17.10.2008 - fedpol)

Increases in malicious code in personal computers after visiting allegedly clean internet sites: seventh report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance

Berne. The increase in mass hacking of websites, developments in the area of politically-motivated hacking, the risks posed by open wireless networks and the dangers involved in using social network sites: these are the topics of the seventh semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI). The report assesses the situation in the first half-year of 2008 and is now available at www.melani.admin.ch.

Press Release (09.05.2008 - fedpol)

Sixth report on the current information assurance situation by the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance

Bern. The human-computer interface as a point of attack, developments in espionage and data theft, and the threats emanating from botnets and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks: These are the topics discussed in the sixth semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI). The report assesses the situation in the second half of 2007 and is now available at www.melani.admin.ch.

Press Release (31.05.2007 - fedpol)

2006 Swiss Domestic Security Report

Bern. Islamist-motivated terrorism remained an element of threat to Western Europe throughout 2006. Occurrences of last year speak a clear language; for example, Islamist terrorists attempted an attack in Germany in late June 2006. The attempt failed, however. In Great Britain, British security forces thwarted what was presumably planned to be multiple attacks. Besides terrorism, a wide array of other issues were of concern to Swiss domestic security in 2006.

Press Release (17.04.2007 - fedpol)

Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland - All-time High in Number of Reports on Suspicious Financial Transactions in Banking Sector

Berne. While the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) received fewer reports on suspicious transactions in 2006 than in the previous year, the quality of reports improved. However, reports from the banking sector on suspicious financial transactions reached an all-time high in the year under review. MROS is an agency at the Federal Office of Police.

Press Release (26.01.2007 - fedpol)

Dual strategy for countering forced prostitution at UEFA EURO 2008

Berne. The police and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will adopt a dual strategy for countering forced prostitution at UEFA European 2008 Championships. While the police relies on controlling, NGOs support prevention and awareness programs. The police authorities and NGOs both follow recommendations given by the Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking of Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (SCOTT). These recommendations have been elaborated based on the evaluation and analysis of the experiences made at the World Soccer Championship 2006 in Germany. The Swiss government is willing to contribute 100,000 Swiss francs to start up NGO campaigns.

Press Release (27.04.2006 - fedpol)

Money Laundering Reporting Office (MROS) ― Fewer reports on suspicious transactions in 2005

Bern, March 27, 2006 ― The number of reports on suspicious transactions submitted to the Money Laundering Reporting Office of Switzerland (MROS) decreased for the second consecutive year in 2005. Most financial intermediaries under duty to report seemed to have less reason to suspect shady money transactions. Similarly, the number of reports from banking institutions decreased for the first time since the duty to report was introduced. As in previous years, the money transfer services accounted for almost half of the reports submitted. In its country assessment, the FATF evaluated MROS favorably.

Press Release (24.09.2004 - fedpol)

Switzerland and Europol united in fight

The Hague/Bern. From today Switzerland and Europol (The European Police Office) have an operational agreement. The agreement was signed in Bern by the Director of the Federal Office of the Swiss police, Mr. Jean-Luc Vez and Mr. Mariano Simancas, Acting Director of Europol.

Press Release (28.04.2004 - fedpol)

“Club de Berne” meeting in Switzerland

The Heads of EU Member States' security and intelligence services, plus Norway and Switzerland, meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and security matters. This group is known as the Club of Berne. It held its most recent meeting on 21 April in Switzerland to discuss implementation of the objectives of the European Council Declaration on Combatting Terrorism following the attacks in Madrid in March.

Press Release (22.04.2004 - fedpol)

Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland:

The number of suspicious activity reports submitted to the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) at the Federal Office of Police has doubled within the last two years. For the second consecutive year, the majority of incoming reports came from the non-banking sector. More than half of the total number of suspicious activity reports was submitted as a result of international payment transactions.

Press Release (15.04.2004 - fedpol)

Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland

For the first time since the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) was set up in April 1998, there was no increase in the number of suspicious activity reports filed in 2004. The number of reports fell by 42, from 863 in 2003 to 821 in 2004. There was a decline in the number of reports particularly in the field of international financial transactions. The number of reports from the banking sector, on the other hand, increased once again by 12.6%. On the whole, the figures for 2004 indicate that the preventive aspect of the Money Laundering Act is beginning to take effect.

Press Release (26.06.2003 - fedpol)

Swiss Money Laundering Reporting Office

Berne, June 26, 2003 - During 2002, the number of reports on suspicious money transactions received by the Money Laundering Reporting Office (MROS) increased by 56 percent compared to 2001. For the first time since MROS was established in 1998, the majority of reports have originated from the non-banking sector. This marked increase and the fact that reports from the banking sector no longer predominate, are due to a change and tightening of reporting regulations on international money transactions.

Press Release (25.11.2002 - FDJP)

Switzerland participates in an informal "Partnership against Organised Crime in Southeastern Europe"

Berne, 25th November 2002. Criminal organisations from southeastern Europe pose a threat to the inner security of European countries. The problem can only be tackled effectively if the countries concerned work closer together. At a Ministerial Conference in London, which was organised on the initiative of Great Great Britain, Switzerland has pledged its support for a new informal "Partnership against Organised Crime in Southeastern Europe".

Press Release (03.05.2002 - fedpol)

Reports of Suspected Money Laundering Up by a Third as a Result of September 11 Attacks

At the Money Laundering Reporting Office (MROS) in the Swiss Federal Office of Police, the number of reports received last year rose by more than 30 percent. That means an increase from 311 to 417 reports. Ninety-five of the reports of suspected money laundering were connected with the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the USA.

Press Release (14.08.2001 - fedpol)

Unprecedented Success in the Fight Against "Thai" pills

Swiss police have scored an unprecedented major success in combating yaba trafficking in Europe. Yaba, commonly referred to as "Thai" pills in German-speaking countries, is a powerful and extremely dangerous drug. A carefully planned police sting, prepared over several months and involving authorities of sixteen Swiss cantons, agents of several departments of the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) and of the Federal Police Office (FOP), resulted in the smashing of an Asian criminal organization that used Switzerland as a hub and test market for yaba.

Press Release (27.06.2000 - fedpol)

370 reports of suspected money laundering – assets totalling 1.5 billion Swiss francs blocked

In its second year of operation, the Money Laundering Reporting Office in the Federal Office of Police (FOP) has recorded a massive increase in the number of reports received and the volume of assets involved: the Reporting Office received a total of 370 reports of suspected money laundering transactions (compared to 160 the previous year) involving assets of over 1.5 billion Swiss francs (up from just over 330 million francs).

Press Release (13.07.1999 - fedpol)

160 reports received under the new Money Laundering Act

The introduction of mandatory reporting of suspected money laundering transactions has proved a success: in its first year of operation the Money Laundering Reporting Office in the Federal Office for Police Matters (BAP) has received over 160 reports involving assets worth over CHF 330 million.

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