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Operations

At INTERPOL, we support national police in tactical deployments in the field, aimed at breaking up the criminal networks behind trafficking in human beings and people smuggling.

Operations are preceded by training workshops to ensure that officers on the ground are trained in a range of skills, including specialist interview techniques and the use of specialized equipment.

Deployments effectively combine police action with input from a number of different sectors such as customs and environmental officers, non-governmental organizations, officials from the Ministries of Health and Social Affairs, and prosecutors.

Our Smuggling Training Operation Programme supports INTERPOL member countries in border management issues. In particular, STOP aims to detect organized criminal groups that provide stolen or lost travel documents to irregular migrants or individuals involved in organized crime.

At the heart of the project is the extension of access for police at strategic border points to INTERPOL's secure global police communications network (known as I-24/7). This allows officers to check passenger documents against the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) Database.

This extended access is backed up by analytical training and operational support. This enhanced infrastructure provides immediate benefits during tactical deployments, along with a lasting legacy of improved operational capacity for the country in question.

Rwanda (2013)

During an operation at Kigali International Airport, Rwandan police checked more than 6,500 international arriving and departing traveller’s identity documents against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database.

See the Rwanda news story (10 June 2013)

Algeria (2012)

Organized in coordination with the General Directorate of National Safety of Algeria and the National Central Bureau in Algiers, 80 participants including police, border control, Gendarmerie and customs learned to use the SLTD database and other techniques for detecting fraudulent documents. The training was followed by an operation at the Algiers airport.

Italy (2011)

Operation Hammer was conducted in conjunction with Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security. Border police at the international airports of Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa checked 8,000 travel documents over four days, resulting in three positive matches.

See the Italy news story (10 November 2011)

Kenya (2011)

Some 40 police officers benefited from training in the use of INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, standard operational policy and procedures and techniques for passport verification. The operation itself took place at Nairobi airport in July 2011.

Benin (2011)

This operation at Cotonou international airport was preceded by two days of training provided to 36 officers from Benin’s Immigration Police, Customs and Gendarmerie.

See the Benin news story (6 June 2011)

Philippines (2010)

During an operation at Manila International Airport in April 2010, more than 5,000 international arrivals and departures were instantly checked against the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Documents. A total of 50 Philippine police and immigration officers were trained on how to use INTERPOL’s global tools and services.

See the Philippines news story (22 April 2010)

Peru (2008)

Operation Anaconda, carried out at the international airport in Lima, Peru, saw more than 20,000 international arrivals and departures instantly checked against our Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. The checks resulted in some 200 database matches which were then followed up by national law enforcement authorities.

See the Anaconda news story (24 October 2008)

News
18 May 2016

Migration and border security top INTERPOL European meeting agenda


17 May 2016

Migrant smuggling is ‘a multinational business’, finds joint report


25 March 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General


18 March 2016

Border security focus of INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme


23 February 2016

INTERPOL and Europol take steps against organized crime behind migrant smuggling


15 February 2016

Drugs, criminals, guns and gold intercepted in INTERPOL border operation in West Africa


18 December 2015

INTERPOL backs International Migrants Day


17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills


03 December 2015

International security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Tunisia


27 November 2015

Austrian Interior Minister and INTERPOL Chief meet on international security cooperation


12 November 2015

Global security needs to align with today’s threats – INTERPOL Chief at migration summit


03 November 2015

US Attorney General highlights need for ‘rule of law’ in address to INTERPOL General Assembly


20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL


16 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum outlines steps against people smuggling


15 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum targets migrant smuggling networks


02 October 2015

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL and Frontex workshop


08 July 2015

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on terrorism and cybercrime


22 June 2015

Traffickers arrested in Côte d’Ivoire operation targeting child trafficking and forced labour


19 May 2015

INTERPOL meeting in Bucharest aims to set the course for European security


12 November 2014

Forced labour key issue at INTERPOL trafficking in human beings conference


01 September 2014

INTERPOL Chief discusses regional security needs during Eritrea visit


13 August 2014

INTERPOL training in Indonesia supports police in investigating migrant smuggling


30 July 2014

INTERPOL joins global call for hope in first World Day against Trafficking in Persons


12 June 2014

INTERPOL speaks and acts to support World Day Against Child Labour


10 April 2014

Human trafficking an open wound on society, Pope Francis tells conference


09 April 2014

INTERPOL Chief tells human trafficking conference ‘we are allies in global fight to protect human life and dignity’


04 April 2014

Children rescued from trafficking and exploitation in Côte d’Ivoire operation supported by INTERPOL


05 March 2014

INTERPOL and International Organization for Migration agreement to enhance border security


14 November 2013

Building global response against human trafficking focus of INTERPOL conference


22 October 2013

Greek authorities ask INTERPOL to help identify unknown girl using DNA comparison


13 August 2013

INTERPOL joins Frontex operation in Romania against Black Sea crime


19 December 2012

INTERPOL training in Sudan to increase regional efforts against human trafficking and migrant smuggling


22 November 2012

Nearly 400 victims of child trafficking rescued across Burkina Faso in INTERPOL-led operation


Operation Akoma

Operation BIA

Operation Cascades

Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL Director of Capacity Building and Training

Mick O'Connell, INTERPOL Director of Operational Police Support