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Intelligence

Pirate networks are vast and far-reaching. Therefore it is not only essential to identify and apprehend pirates following an attack, but also to gather intelligence and use it wisely to prevent future attacks.

Intelligence and evidence collected from piracy cases is contributed by affected countries and organizations and centralized in INTERPOL-coordinated databases. The intelligence is analysed in order to assist authorities in identifying pirates and their leaders and in connecting cases of piracy.

Initiatives

Global Maritime Piracy Database

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau in the United States assisted with the creation of a global database to house information pertaining to maritime piracy investigations. The database includes more than 4,000 records of:

  • Personal details of pirates and financiers;
  • Pirates’ telephone numbers and phone records;
  • Hijacking incidents;
  • Vessels;
  • Currency and bank accounts used in ransom payments.

Digital photo album

The INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Task Force has created a digital album containing photos of more than 300 suspected pirates.  The photos are shared with authorized international partners and are often used when debriefing released hostages, to help identify their captors.

By using the photo album when debriefing the Filipino crew of the Irene SL, an oil tanker hijacked in February 2011, police were able to identify four of the pirates involved.

Europol Analysis Work File Project

INTERPOL is working alongside Europol on a cooperative project to analyse information related to maritime piracy cases.

Analytical training programme

This initiative aims at enhancing the analytical skills of law enforcement agencies in countries affected by maritime piracy.

News
23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime


26 June 2015

Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL


20 June 2015

Effective response to global security challenges focus of Norway visit by INTERPOL Chief


02 February 2015

INTERPOL Basic Training on Maritime Security held in Malaysia


16 December 2014

INTERPOL holds training on digital forensics for maritime piracy investigations


01 September 2014

INTERPOL Chief discusses regional security needs during Eritrea visit


20 August 2014

INTERPOL workshop in Kuala Lumpur marks launch of regional counter-terrorism programme


11 August 2014

INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Marshall Islands highlights country’s role in regional security


08 July 2014

FBI-INTERPOL symposium to enhance global preparedness in securing critical infrastructure


08 June 2014

Fight against terrorism and piracy focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Yemeni President


21 May 2014

EU and INTERPOL: combating transnational organized crime at sea


21 March 2014

INTERPOL anti-piracy meeting reviews key evidence against network leaders


14 February 2014

Boosting law enforcement cooperation focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Liberia


11 February 2014

President of Guinea discusses security needs with INTERPOL Chief


10 February 2014

Togo role in fighting wildlife and transnational crime focus of INTERPOL Chief visit


18 January 2014

Visit by Zanzibar police commissioner to INTERPOL focuses on boosting regional security