Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.
INTERPOL leads and coordinates, with the cooperation of international partners, key border security operations in a variety of specialized crime areas, with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross borders using fraudulent documents to conceal their true identity.
This is done by both extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOL’s databases to airports, sea, and land borders and utilizing INTERPOL’s expertise in forensics, specialized training and investigative skills.
The Smuggling Training Operation Programme (STOP) offers training on the use of the SLTD databases combined with operations at major airports, to disrupt the criminal networks providing fraudulent travel documents to illegal immigrants.
The International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest (INFRA) targets criminals wanted for serious crimes who exploit international borders to evade justice. It operates on global, regional or crime-specific levels, in close collaboration with national fugitive investigators.
Organized crime has diversified into many fields, including the trafficking of drugs, chemical precursors, firearms and even persons. INTERPOL supports member countries in the fight against the trafficking of chemicals used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine (Operation Icebreaker) and the maritime trafficking of drugs and firearms (Operation Lionfish).
INTERPOL’s counter-terrorism activities include Operation Hawk, which delivers comprehensive counter-terrorism training on strategies for combating terrorism, including identification of illicit radioactive or nuclear materials, coupled with operational activities.
Major event support
The INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams (IMESTs) are deployed to assist member countries with the preparation, coordination and implementation of security for major events, in particular by facilitating access to INTERPOL’s global databases for real-time searches and police data exchange.