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ASEANAPOL ASEAN Chiefs of Police


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Short description

ASEANAPOL’s objective is to improve regional cooperation in the prevention and combating of transnational crime.


From 1981 to 2009 the ASEANAPOL member hosting the annual summit covered the associated costs and staffing. In 2010 the permanent Secretariat was established in Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia covering its operating costs for the initial year. Beginning in 2011 each of the ten members agreed to contribute equally to the Secretariat’s expenses, with members covering the costs of their nationals working at the Secretariat. Some of ASEANAPOL’s dialogue partners provide additional financial and training assistance.

ASEANAPOL had five members when it was established in 1981. Between 1984 and 2000 its membership doubled. ASEANAPOL also has seven dialogue partners: five national police forces (from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea) and two organizations (INTERPOL and the ASEAN Secretariat).


10 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

ASEANAPOL members represent:

  • 7 of 21 APEC members (Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are not APEC members)
  • 10 of 10 ASEAN members
  • 2 of 7 BIMSTEC members (Myanmar and Thailand are BIMSTEC members)
  • 3 of 24 CICA members (Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam are CICA members)

* Information accurate as of 6 May 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • Lieutenant General Sar Moline
  • Executive Director


PoA-related activities

ASEANAPOL is tasked with preparing work plans to help in the implementation of the annual ASEANAPOL resolutions, coordinate and collate intelligence and information, support joint criminal investigations, and assist the rotating host country in preparing for the annual conference and other meetings. Countering ‘arms smuggling’ is one of nine areas of activity that ASEANAPOL addresses. The Secretariat works with its member states to identify contact points responsible for preventing and suppressing the illicit import and export of firearms and ammunition. It collates information from member states twice a year to cover activities undertaken during the previous six months. All members have identified contact points and submitted reports on these activities.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs

The ASEAN Secretariat has been represented at ASEANAPOL’s annual conference as an observer since 2007 and became a dialogue partner in 2011. ASEANAPOL participates in the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime and has also attended the ASEAN Workshop and Study Visit on Illicit Small Arms, Light Weapons and UXO Control in Cambodia.

Legally binding regional instruments

  • None

Other official documents of interest

  • None


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