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Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.

Operations

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.

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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.

News
10 August 2016

Global response to terrorism must evolve with the threat - INTERPOL Chief


03 August 2016

INTERPOL team in Brazil to support security measures during Rio Olympics


13 June 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets crime suspects


08 June 2016

INTERPOL’s global network supporting Euro 2016 security


07 June 2016

Border management focus of INTERPOL training in West Africa


23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime


29 April 2016

INTERPOL training to strengthen border management in West Africa


13 April 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets terror suspects


01 April 2016

Effective information sharing underpins efforts against nuclear terrorism – INTERPOL Chief


25 March 2016

INTERPOL global resources supporting Brussels terror probe


19 March 2016

INTERPOL advises enhanced border vigilance following Abdeslam arrest


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

Enhancing port security in the Philippines focus of INTERPOL training


15 February 2016

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


13 January 2016

European Parliament President and INTERPOL Chief meet on security issues


11 January 2016

INTERPOL Chief says fight against terrorism at decisive stage


21 December 2015

Police cooperation focus of Ecuador Minister of Interior visit to INTERPOL


17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills


11 December 2015

INTERPOL counter-terrorism training strengthens impact of UNSC sanctions in Southeast Asia


10 December 2015

INTERPOL team assists Philippines in securing APEC summit under EU-ASEAN programme


03 December 2015

INTERPOL training on detecting fake documents aims to enhance border security


03 December 2015

International security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Tunisia


02 December 2015

INTERPOL training focused on port security in the Philippines


20 November 2015

INTERPOL regional training in Cambodia aims to build ASEAN capacity against terrorism


20 November 2015

EU ministers call for access to INTERPOL’s databases at border points


12 November 2015

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


06 November 2015

INTERPOL at G7 Roma-Lyon Group meeting: global terrorism threat requires global approach


06 November 2015

Regional cooperation key to INTERPOL operation targeting terrorist movements


04 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly endorses I-Checkit as innovative border management policing capability


02 November 2015

World’s police chiefs to address global threats at INTERPOL General Assembly in Rwanda


27 October 2015

INTERPOL training to boost border security in West Africa


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


08 October 2015

INTERPOL hosts first facial recognition symposium


06 October 2015

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


17 September 2015

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


04 August 2015

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


31 July 2015

Strengthening West African border security focus of INTERPOL programme


16 July 2015

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


09 July 2015

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


29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained


29 May 2015

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


22 May 2015

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


21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime


14 April 2015

Inaugural INTERPOL World forum focuses on innovation for global security


10 April 2015

INTERPOL border security operation targets criminals traveling in Southeast Asia


19 February 2015

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


29 January 2015

Foreign fighter threat to Europe requires global response says INTERPOL Chief


25 September 2014

INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution


Operation STOP - Mick O’Connell, INTERPOL Director of Operational Support

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Operation Lionfish photo report

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