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Borderpol appoints Peter Vincent as director counselor for International Policy

The Executive Committee of Borderpol is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Vincent as the organisation’s director counselor for International Policy.

Thomas Tass, director general at Borderpol, commented: “We’re delighted to have Peter on board as he brings a wealth of experience to the organisation and will be invaluable in terms of improving our legal and regional representation in the Americas. He’s also a fluent Spanish speaker which will assist is with the aim of extending our reach into South America.”

Vincent told Risk UK: “I’m truly honoured and privileged to have been appointed as Borderpol’s director counselor for International Policy, I’ve long admired the organisation for the incredible work it does to balance counter-terrorism concerns with humane approaches to complicated border issues.”

Peter Vincent is the general counsel of Thomson Reuters Special Services LLC (TRSS), a US subsidiary of Thomson Reuters. Throughout his career, Vincent has served in a variety of senior executive and legal positions in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining TRSS in February this year, he was the principal legal advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, he served as ICE’s senior counselor for International Policy, whereupon Vincent advised the DHS Office of the Secretary and the ICE Office of the Director on issues relating to the formulation and execution of the agency’s international diplomatic engagement.

Peter Vincent

Peter Vincent

Prior to that, from November 2011 through until July 2013, Vincent served as the acting director of ICE’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). With attachés in 75 offices across 48 countries, including seven combatant commands, HSI OIA is the largest international investigative component within DHS.

Working at the US Department of Justice

From November 2006 until May 2009, Vincent served with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) at the US Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, first as the assistant judicial attaché and then as the judicial attaché. There, he advised the DoJ, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defence and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on matters concerning extradition, terrorist organisations, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and narco-trafficking.

During his tenure at the US Embassy, Vincent co-ordinated nearly 500 extraditions to the United States, including the extradition requests for dozens of high-profile leaders of designated foreign terrorist organisations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the National Liberation Army and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

In July 2002, Vincent joined the National Security Litigation Team in ICE’s San Francisco Office of the Chief Counsel. As a trial attorney, he represented the Government in immigration proceedings involving terrorists and individuals who had provided material support to foreign terrorist organisations. In addition, Vincent advised the local Joint Terrorism Task Force on issues relating to counter-terrorism and foreign counter-intelligence.

Vincent graduated with High Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received a degree in law from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Borderpol News: Organised crime “worth an estimated 870 billion US dollars per annum”

The latest Borderpol International Workshop was hosted by the National University of Public Service in Hungary under the direction of Police Brigadier General Gabor Kovacs.

Over 40 representatives from Interpol, Europol, the OSCE, the Turkish National Police, the Police Force of Slovakia, the Dutch Royal Marachausees, Romania, Serbia, Germany, Hungary and others from central and eastern Europe attended the gathering.

The Keynote Speech by Peter Talas from the University of Defence Research in Hungary gave a stark overview of global organised crime figures from the UNODC. Organised crime is now worth an estimated 870 billion US dollars per annum and represents the 15th largest ‘economy’ in the world.

The most lucrative forms of crime are drug trafficking, counterfeiting, human trafficking, weapons trafficking, trafficking in endangered species and pornography.

It’s estimated that there are 3,600 international organised crime groups of which 70% have multi-national membership.

Markets according to crime areas

Illicit drugs: 320 billion dollars per annum
Counterfieting: 250 billion dollars per annum
Human trafficking: 32 billion dollars per annum
Smuggling of migrants: 7 billion dollars per annum

When it comes to terrorism, Lt Col Jozsef Nahalko (head of the International Relations Division, Counter-Terrorism Centre, Hungary) highlighted the changing nature of international terrorist organisations becoming more leaderless, with independent cells, looser connections (generalised guidance, Internet) resulting in more small-scale and ad hoc attacks using lower resources.

The main outcome of the Workshop was that the experiences shared of co-operation between agencies has provided real benefit, but it’s recognised there needs to be an ongoing programme of co-operation.

Also, information is available on organised criminal activities, gangs and people but isn’t being used or shared effectively.

Further discussions and inter-agency co-operation will take place at Borderpol’s next Workshop in Helsinki, Finland during September.

For further information visit: http://www.borderpol.org

The World Border Organisation, Borderpol is a 21st Century body dedicated to improving border security and standardising international procedures and processes.

Recognising the need for the establishment of a global home to over 1,000 border-related services, Borderpol was officially registered in March 2003 as a non-profit international association in Canada with its General Secretariat located in Ottawa.

In concert with the EU Secretariat in Budapest (opened in 2005) and the Asia Secretariat (established in India during 2011), Borderpol facilitates co-operation and consultations among like-minded border services and related agencies.

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