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POLICE CHIEFS GET AWARD FOR EXPOSE ON INTERPOL

 POLICE CHIEFS GET AWARD FOR EXPOSE ON INTERPOL
 WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of


Chiefs of Police issued the following:
 The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) has received an award from the American Society of Association Executives for its startling expose on INTERPOL, the scandal-plagued police group based in France. The article, which appeared in the May 1991 issue of The Chief of Police magazine, revealed strong disagreement among U.S. law enforcement officials with INTERPOL's lack of accountability and its immunity to legal suit.
 The ASAE award, which was officially issued on March 25, 1992, acknowledged NACOP for the "contribution it has made to society" and placed the police organization on the "Associations Advance America" Honor Roll.
 NACOP's award winning article reported the surprising results of a national NACOP survey of command officers on INTERPOL. The informal survey, which was sent out to over 14,000 police chiefs around the United States, revealed widespread discontent among U.S. law enforcement commanders with the lack of controls placed on INTERPOL, an organization which has been the subject of increasing scrutiny by governments around the world.
 According to the article, 97 percent of the officers responding disagreed with the legal immunity INTERPOL now enjoys and over 91 percent felt that the presidential executive order granting INTERPOL immunity in the United States should be revoked.
 Almost 96 percent felt that any international police data bank should be chartered by international treaty that provides safeguards for protecting confidential information and also a mechanism for redress of wrongs.
 Nearly 95 percent said that INTERPOL had never been of any assistance to them.
 The article also listed a virtual rogues' gallery of former INTERPOL officials who had been indicted or convicted for their involvement in international drug trafficking. Included among them was former Panamanian dictator Manual Noriega, recently convicted in the United States on numerous charges stemming from his involvement in drug trafficking.
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 /CONTACT: Gerald Arenberg of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, 305-573-0070/ CO: National Association of Chiefs of Police ST: IN: SU:


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