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Connecting police for a safer world INTERPOL is the worlds largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. Our role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century. Only through international cooperation can police hope to tackle todays criminals. We work to ensure that police around the world can instantly share and access the relevant data necessary to assist their investigations through secure communications channels. We facilitate police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries, in line with INTERPOLs objective of political neutrality. The targeted training, expert investigative support and global networks offered by INTERPOL help police on the ground to coordinate their efforts to make the world a safer place.


Border security management

In our increasingly globalized world, it is easier than ever before for people and goods to cross international borders. Criminals are exploiting this progress to cross borders more freely and commit serious crimes. Effective border security is therefore an essential aspect of combating transnational crime. INTERPOL offers a range of tools and services which can help member countries to enhance their border-security procedures and integrate border-security efforts with their neighbours. We coordinate operational activities, offer training opportunities and cultivate partnerships with international organizations to ensure the safety and security of all national borders.


Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management

INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force

To centralize our border-security efforts, we have created the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force. Comprising representatives of the relevant INTERPOL departments, the Task Force serves as a central point of contact and coordination for international border-security and management activities, bringing all efforts under the oversight of a single entity. The Task Force leads and coordinates INTERPOL initiatives involving border security. It is responsible for planning and coordinating border-security management policy, enhancing the capacity of border security in member countries, developing partnerships with international organization and the private sector, and allocating operational resources to border-security initiatives. General Secretariat Integrated Border Management Task Force 200 quai Charles de Gaulle 69006 Lyon France Tel: +33 4 72 44 70 00 Fax: +33 4 72 44 71 63 eMail:

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Border-management systems
Through its secure I-24/7 global police communications system, INTERPOL connects law enforcement officials in its member countries to each other and to INTERPOLs criminal databases. Those related to border security are hosted in the INTERPOL Travel and ID Document Reference Centre. Border points are critical locations for preserving national security; therefore, INTERPOL assists countries in allowing instant access to its databases by both first-line checks and second-line inspection officials at airports, sea ports and border crossings. Technical solutions called MIND/FIND permit interoperability with existing national border security infrastructure. Operational databases available for first-line checks:

IBMTF operational activities

With the cooperation of international partners, INTERPOL leads and coordinates key border-security operations in a variety of specialized crime areas, with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross borders using fraudulent documents to conceal their true identity. This is done by both extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOLs databases to airports, sea and land borders, and utilizing INTERPOLs expertise in forensics, specialized training and investigative skills.

Capacity building
INTERPOL has strengthened its integrated operational response through its capacity building and training programmes. The programmes assist member countries in improving border security procedures through initiatives which include training on basic security measures and crime-specific skills, and consolidating training with real-time operations designed to put those skills into practice. Trainthe-trainer programmes are also conducted to help build national capacities with a view to leading and assisting future operations.

Stolen and Lost Travel Document database (SLTD) - Helps identify the illegal use of passports reported as lost, stolen, stolen blank or revoked. Nominal databases - 153,000 records of known international criminals
and missing persons.

Travel Documents Associated with Notices (TDAWN) - Helps to

identify criminals subject to INTERPOL notices when checking their travel documents.

People smuggling - The Smuggling Training Operation Programme

(STOP) offers training on the use of the SLTD databases combined with operations at major airports, to disrupt the criminal networks providing fraudulent travel documents to illegal immigrants.

Stolen Motor Vehicles database (SMV) - Records of 7.2 million vehicles

reported stolen around the world.

Ensuring global border security requires close coordination among all stakeholders. Many regional and international organizations have developed initiatives to improve border security, including their own database systems, which can add immense value to bordermanagement operations. INTERPOL must therefore work closely with such organizations to improve data-sharing capabilities and expertise in the field. INTERPOL has a number of partnerships and agreements with external organizations to promote data exchange, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), World Customs Organization (WCO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), European Union (EU), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). Joint police operations are conducted with key partners such as Frontex, the European border control agency.

Stolen Vessels Database (SV) - Provides identification information on

stolen vessels to assist investigations. Forensic databases available for second- and third-line inspections:

Fugitive operations - The International Fugitive Round-up and

Arrest (INFRA) operation targets criminals wanted for serious crimes who exploit international borders to evade justice. It operates on global, regional or crime-specific levels, in close collaboration with national fugitive investigators.

EdisonTD - 4,000 examples of genuine travel documents, to help in

identifying fakes.

Organized crime - Organized crime has diversified into many fields,

including the trafficking in drugs, chemical precursors, firearms and even persons. INTERPOL supports member countries in the fight against the trafficking in chemicals used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (Operation Icebreaker) and the maritime trafficking in drugs and firearms (Operation Lionfish).

Digital INTERPOL Alert Library Document (Dial-Doc) - Countries

share national alerts on recently detected forms of document counterfeiting.

Document Information System of Civil Status (DISCS) - Information

on legitimate civil status documents.

Fighting terrorism - INTERPOLs counter-terrorism activities include

Operation Hawk, which delivers comprehensive counter-terrorism training on strategies for combating terrorism, including identification of illicit radioactive or nuclear materials, coupled with operational activities.

Fingerprints - Contains 188,000 fingerprints contributed by 177 countries.

Major event support - The INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management

(IMESTs) are deployed to assist member countries with the preparation, coordination and implementation of security for major events, in particular by facilitating access to INTERPOLs global databases for real-time searches and police data exchange. A total of 87 IMESTs have been deployed to date.