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Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.

Background

In our increasingly globalized world, it is easier than ever before for people and goods to cross international borders.

This is also the case for criminals. Young men and women travel to conflict zones to join terrorist groups, while child sex offenders travel from their home countries to exploit victims overseas. Smugglers and traffickers take advantage of this increasing flow across borders to hide their cargos of illicit goods and desperate migrants.

Effective border security is an essential part of combating transnational crime.

INTERPOL offers a range of tools and services which can help its member countries to enhance their own border-security procedures, and to integrate their efforts with those of their neighbours.

INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force

The Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF) is the central point of contact and coordination for international border-security activities at INTERPOL.

The Task Force supports law enforcement officers working at the frontline of border security by:

  • providing them with access to INTERPOL tools and services,
  • delivering capacity building and training courses,
  • coordinating operational activities.

The Task Force draws upon expertise across departments within INTERPOL as well as from international partners.

News
29 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief says ‘unprecedented’ foreign terrorist fighter threat requires global action

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Addressing the United Nations Security Council Ministerial briefing on foreign terrorist fighters, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said countries need to ‘share even more information, and share it even better’.The INTERPOL Chief told the high-level meeting that more countries are realizing that sharing via INTERPOL repre...
22 May 2015

INTERPOL training in Ghana aims to strengthen regional police capacity in border management

ACCRA, Ghana – Law enforcement officers from across West Africa have received specialized training as part of an INTERPOL programme aimed at building policing capacity to strengthen border management.The two-week course (11 – 22 May) at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra brought together 22 law enforcement officers from im...
21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime

BUCHAREST, Romania – INTERPOL’s 43rd European Regional Conference has closed with senior law enforcement officials endorsing a set of measures to intensify regional cooperation and develop responses to transnational crime.Highlighting the important role of Europe in promoting global security, law enforcement issues including terrorism, foreign fighters, c...
19 May 2015

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

BUCHAREST, Romania – Senior law enforcement officials from throughout Europe have gathered in Bucharest for the 43rd INTERPOL European Regional Conference to enhance regional responses to the most pressing threats to global security.With transnational organized crime networks increasingly taking advantage of porous physical borders and the lack of virtual...
18 May 2015

Cooperation and effective data exchange focus of INTERPOL training in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam – In the first such training in Southeast Asia, INTERPOL has held a Data Protection Officer Certification Course in Hanoi to certify Data Protection Officers from INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in seven ASEAN countries.The 10-day course (5 - 14 May) provided the officers with the tools to better understand INTERPOL’s Rules on the...
14 April 2015

Inaugural INTERPOL World forum focuses on innovation for global security

SINGAPORE – Fostering innovation to meet global security challenges is the focus of the first INTERPOL World forum which opened today in Singapore.Comprising an Expo and a Congress, the three-day (14-16 April)  INTERPOL World 2015 aims to create a platform for the security industry, law enforcement and government agencies to develop closer partnershi...
10 April 2015

INTERPOL border security operation targets criminals traveling in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE – The first border security operation coordinated by INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore has led to the arrest of international fugitives attempting to travel in countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).During Operation Sunbird (16-24 March), which focused on identifying wanted criminals, police an...
19 February 2015

Information sharing is a ‘tripwire’ against foreign terrorist fighters – INTERPOL Chief

WASHINGTON DC, USA – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has highlighted the role effective information sharing and border management can play via the world police body’s global network against the global threat of foreign terrorist fighters.  Addressing a ministerial session during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, the INT...
29 January 2015

Foreign fighter threat to Europe requires global response says INTERPOL Chief

RIGA, Latvia – Attending today’s meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Latvia, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said a global effort is required to address the internal security needs of the European Union (EU) against the threat of foreign fighters.The Head of the world police body said INTERPOL stands ready to help EU member states...
25 September 2014

INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a Resolution recognizing the efforts of INTERPOL against the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, including through global law enforcement information sharing.Resolution 2178 (2014), which was submitted during a special session of the UNSC chaired by US Pr...
13 May 2014

AirAsia becomes first airline to pilot INTERPOL I-Checkit system

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – As part of ongoing efforts to enhance international travel security, AirAsia is to pilot INTERPOL’s I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database.Once implemented later this month the pilot project will see AirAsia become...
10 April 2014

Operation to tackle airline ticket fraud supported by INTERPOL

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – More than 180 people were arrested or detained during an operation, coordinated by Europol and supported by INTERPOL, at airports across Europe and the Americas to tackle credit card fraud and illegal immigration.The two-day (8 and 9 April) operation involved law enforcement agencies from across the world, with support from th...
11 March 2014

INTERPOL Tehran identifies two Iranian nationals who used legal documents ahead of flight MH 370

LYON, France – INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Tehran has confirmed the identity of two Iranian nationals who used authentic passports to travel to Kuala Lumpur before using stolen Austrian and Italian passports to board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the two men’s identities were confirmed by...
09 March 2014

INTERPOL confirms at least two stolen passports used by passengers on missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were registered in its databases

LYON, France ‒ INTERPOL can confirm that at least two passports – Austrian and Italian – recorded in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database were used by passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.The Austrian and Italian passports were added to INTERPOL’s SLTD database after their theft in Thailand in 2012 and 2013 respectiv...

I-Checkit
An innovative tool to detect and prevent illicit transactions.

INTERPOL Integrated Border Management Task Force