French Policewoman Named President of Interpol
The international law enforcement agency INTERPOL elected senior French Police Commissioner Mireille Ballestrazzi as President of the organization on Thursday at the conclusion of the group’s annual General Assembly, which met November 5 through 8 in Rome, Italy.
At the time of her election on November 8, Mrs. Ballestrazzi held the position of Deputy Head of the French Judicial Police. She said she was "wholly committed to the role INTERPOL must play in global police cooperation," and expressed enthusiasm for her role supervising initiatives adapted to the evolving trends in international crime.
The INTERPOL presidency works directly under the organization’s Secretariat General. Mrs. Ballestrazzi will preside over the Executive Committee, which oversees all of the agency’s subordinate operations. She had served previously as the committee’s vice president for Europe.
Mrs. Ballestrazzi brings a wealth of experience to the new position. She has worked as a police commissioner in France since 1975 and earned a strong reputation during her action against organized criminal activity in southern France and Corsica during the 1990s.
France’s Minister for the Interior, Manuel Walls, also took part in the General Assembly. He described Mrs. Ballestrazzi as "a great policewoman" during an interview related to the event.
INTERPOL brings together representatives from 190 countries to combat transnational crime through coordinated police cooperation. The organization operates seven field offices worldwide, and runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. INTERPOL is headquartered in Lyon, France.
Read more about Mrs. Ballestrazzi’s election here.