Highlights of 2013
In January, INTERPOL launched its iARMS database for stolen firearms. The first ‘hit’ was a weapon seized by police in Panama that matched one stolen in Costa Rica 18 months earlier.
INTERPOL and the footballing bodies FIFA and UEFA held their first joint conference in Rome, taking a collective stand against match-fixing.
INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport unit and FIFA unveiled a new e-learning tool which will educate players, coaches and referees about the phenomenon of match-fixing, the risks and how to report it.
A series of operations around the world to crack down on the trade in illicit and counterfeit goods saw 6,000 people arrested, the seizure of 24 million fake goods worth nearly USD 133 million and led to several organized crime networks being dismantled.
A first training course in combating illicit trade was held in China, while Ireland hosted the 2013 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference, bringing together some 500 delegates from more than 60 countries.
INTERPOL was presented with the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group’s International Public Body Award in recognition of the world police organization’s ‘exceptional’ work.
Police officers across southern Africa raided or inspected 550 marketplaces, pharmacies and clinics during Operation Gibioa, seizing almost 100 tonnes of illicit and counterfeit medicine.
Raising awareness of the dangers of buying medicines online, Operation Pangea VI engaged police, customs and national regulatory authorities from some 100 countries to target websites supplying fake and illicit medicines.
At Norway’s request, INTERPOL issues its first Purple Notice for illegal fishing, seeking information on a vessel which had changed its name frequently to avoid detection.
Countries across Latin America take part in the first INTERPOL operation against illegal logging, seizing around 2,000 truckloads of timber with an estimated value of USD 8 million.
An INTERPOL team took DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized in Sri Lanka to help authorities determine their origin and identify the criminal networks behind large-scale elephant poaching.
Under construction in Singapore, the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will host state-of-the-art facilities to fight cybercrime and provide training.
Innovation in combating global security threats was the focus of the first Technology Against Crime Forum co-hosted by France's Ministry of the Interior and INTERPOL in Lyon.
Nearly 30 tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana worth USD 822 million were seized during Operation Lionfish targeting the maritime trafficking of drugs and illicit firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean.
Recognizing the importance of combining operations with training of law enforcement officials, Operation Lionfish was part of INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme on Organized Crime for the Americas.
More than 300 victims of human trafficking were rescued during Operation Usalama in eastern and southern Africa. Some 53 suspects were arrested and drugs, guns, stolen vehicles and smuggled goods recovered.
An INTERPOL Incident Response Team was deployed to assist Kenyan authorities investigating the Westgate shopping centre terror attack in September which left at least 67 people dead and more than 200 injured.
Elias Murr (right) was named President of the Board of the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World after its creation was endorsed by INTERPOL’s Executive Committee.
Some 630 police chiefs and senior law enforcement officials attended the 82nd INTERPOL General Assembly in Colombia, endorsing a series of resolutions to tackle transnational crime and terrorism.
Following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in November, an INTERPOL Incident Response Team was deployed to the Philippines to assist in the identification of victims.
Under the INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force, Operation Dove supported border security during the Southeast Asia Games resulting in the identification and arrest of a US fugitive in the Philippines.
In December, INTERPOL’s Operation Infra Americas launched a public appeal for assistance to locate 15 fugitives linked to organized crime networks and wanted for offences including murder and drug trafficking.