DOHA - THE global police organisation Interpol approved at its general assembly in Qatar on Tuesday the creation of a new Singapore-based anti-crime centre.

The so-called Global Complex reflects 'the continuation of our culture of innovation and is the next step in the organisation's evolution,' said the organisation's secretary general, Mr Ronald Noble.

'It will help all law enforcement raise their game in tackling the threats of the 21st century, particularly cyber-crime,' Mr Noble said.

The former American prosecutor was re-elected earlier on Tuesday to a third five-year term at the head of the organisation.

The centre is intended to complement the agency's existing general secretariat in Lyons, France, and is planned to go into full operation in late 2013 or early 2014.

It will provide innovative forensics and database research and enhance the organisation's ability to provide round-the-clock support to national police forces across time zones, the Interpol website says.

Interpol approves S'pore centre