Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology cooperates with the International Relations Division (Divhubinter) of the National Police (Polri) in preventing theft of material cultural heritage.

This was described in a cooperation inking conducted by Culture Director General at the Ministry Hilmar Farid and Head of Divhubinter Inspector General Khrisna Murti here on Tuesday.

"The effect of this material cultural heritage theft prevention will be far more effective if it utilizes the Interpol network," Farid noted in his remarks.

Thus far, security has been proceeding well, though instances of theft still occur. To this end, the cooperation aims to improve prevention efforts, he explained.

Meanwhile, Murti noted that the cooperation utilizes access to one of Interpol's I-24/7 databases: Stolen Works of Art and Purple Notices.

Access to the database allows the government to obtain information and data on cultural heritage works in all Interpol member countries.

"It also provides information to include the material cultural heritage to the list of goods under international supervision and obtain information concerning the modus operandi of the crime," he noted.

In addition, the Police's Divhubinter has a I 24/7 database that contains various types of data related to transnational crimes from all Interpol member countries.

The data is shared with related ministries or institutions and law enforcement authorities with the purpose of preventing and mitigating transnational crimes.

Murti expects that synergy with related ministries and institutions can continue to be improved to protect material cultural heritage.

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Translator: Indriani, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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