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German police official gets nod as Interpol chief

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PARIS (AP) — The vice president of Germany's Federal Criminal Police, Juergen Stock, is in line to take over the operational helm of Interpol next year if his nomination is endorsed in November.

The international police organization based in Lyon, France said in a statement that its executive committee on Tuesday selected Stock to replace Ronald K. Noble when he steps down after 15 years as secretary-general.

Stock's candidacy must be endorsed by Interpol's General Assembly at its November meeting in Monaco. He was among six candidates from six countries under consideration.

The statement quoted Interpol Vice President Alan Bersin, who chaired the selection process, as praising Stock's "distinguished career in policing and fighting crime at the international level."

Stock, 54, has been vice president of Germany's criminal police, the BKA, since 2004.

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