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Terrorism

Terrorism poses a grave threat to national security and the lives of individuals around the world. At INTERPOL, we run a number of initiatives to support our member countries in their efforts to protect their citizens from terrorism in its many forms.

Experts at the General Secretariat collect, store and analyse information about suspected individuals and groups and their activities, and exchange data with our member countries and other international organizations. A chief initiative in this area is the Counter-Terrorism Fusion Centre, which works to disrupt the recruitment and activities of foreign terrorist fighters

Counter-terrorism tools

INTERPOL circulates alerts and warnings on terrorists, dangerous criminals and weapons threats to police in member countries. These alerts are known as Notices and Diffusions.

Red notices are issued to all countries for individuals wanted by national authorities, seeking their provisional arrest with a view to extradition. Blue Notices are issued to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime. Green Notices provide warnings and intelligence about individuals who have committed a crime, while Yellow Notices help locate missing persons.

Additionally, the INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice is used to alert member countries to individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, as listed by the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council, and to help countries implement the freezing of assets, travel bans and arms embargoes.

In September 2014, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2178 recognizing INTERPOL’s global role against the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

In the event of a terrorist attack, member countries may request the assistance of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT). Experts can be quickly deployed to the site of the incident to provide a range of investigative and analytical support services, in coordination with the General Secretariat.

Border security: a line of defence

A robust border management programme is the first line of defence against terrorism.

INTERPOL offers a number of tools and services to help member countries enhance security at their borders, and works with national authorities to extend access to its I-24/7 secure communications network to border points to ensure these tools are accessible on the frontlines.

Three databases are crucial to these border management efforts:

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