Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.


With the cooperation of international partners, INTERPOL coordinates and supports border-security operations with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross borders using fraudulent documents to conceal their true identity.

This is done by extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOL’s databases to airports, sea and land borders, and by drawing on INTERPOL’s expertise in forensics, specialized training and investigative skills.

General border security

The Smuggling Training Operation Programme (STOP) targets people smuggling, illegal immigration, and cross-border movements of criminals.

The programme pairs screening operations at major but vulnerable air, sea, and land borders with training of local officers in the use of INTERPOL databases and border control skills.

Border security against specialized crime areas

A number of targeted operations and exercises are carried out against specific crimes, including:

  • terrorism;
  • trafficking in drugs, firearms, illicit goods, stolen motor vehicles and stolen vessels;
  • trafficking in chemical, explosive, nuclear, biological and radiological materials.

Border security for major events

INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams (IMESTs) are deployed to assist member countries in the preparation, coordination and implementation of security for high-profile events such as sports matches or political summits.

The Border Management programme supports these activities not only in the host country but also in neighbouring or partner countries, helping to establish wider border security capabilities in the region.

06 October 2015

US task force report recognizes INTERPOL’s ‘crucial global tools’ in combating foreign terrorist fighter travel

LYON, France – A US Homeland Security Committee task force report which recognizes INTERPOL’s systems as ‘crucial global tools for combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel’ has been welcomed by the world police body.The ‘Combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel’ report, published following an extensive, six month review to assess the severity...
17 September 2015

INTERPOL training aims to boost impact of UN Security Council Resolutions against terrorism in ASEAN region

SINGAPORE – Experts gathered for two separate training courses conducted by INTERPOL, aimed at strengthening the capacity of member countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region to implement INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Special Notices and consequently enhance the impact of UNSC resolutions.During the two four-d...
04 August 2015

INTERPOL Chief offers continued support to ASEANAPOL to address regional and global security threats

JAKARTA, Indonesia – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) conference that the world police body will always remain a reliable partner in the fight against regional and international crime.In his keynote address, the INTERPOL Chief said the Organization provides a secure ga...
31 July 2015

Strengthening West African border security focus of INTERPOL programme

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – Strengthening border management was the focus of a specialized INTERPOL course for immigration and customs officers from key border control points and National Central Bureaus across West Africa.During the two-week (20 – 31 July) course hosted by the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for West Africa in Abidjan, participants received in-dep...
16 July 2015

Increased information sharing to combat terrorism focus of German Interior Minister visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Identifying areas for enhanced sharing of operational information to more effectively combat terrorism in Europe and beyond was the focus of a meeting between Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.Accompanied by the President of the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Holger Münch, the...
09 July 2015

Border security focus of visit to INTERPOL by Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

LYON, France – Meeting the future challenges of border security with ever-increasing numbers of international travellers was the focus of discussions between Hans Leijtens, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.The Netherlands’ recent expansion of access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Docu...
29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

LYON, France – An international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters has resulted in the detention and investigation of 130 individuals found in possession of tickets bought using stolen credit card details.The two-day operation (16 and 17 June) was organized globally by: Europol in The Hague, the Netherlands; INTERPOL through its Genera...
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...
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...

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