Border security operations

Our frontline operations target criminals as they cross air, land, and sea borders.

We run border security operations with the cooperation of international partners and member countries. These target fraudulent documents that conceal true identity, travellers/persons of interest subject to INTERPOL notices and diffusions, and other specific crime areas of importance.

In these cases, access can be extended to INTERPOL’s databases on an ad-hoc basis.

These operations are a good example of how local law enforcement can leverage INTERPOL tools with impressive results.

Operation Sunbird III

This operation in 2017 involved 10 countries in Southeast Asia, identified 110 stolen or lost travel documents and led to 17 arrests.

Operation Adwenpa

This 2017 operation involved eight countries in West Africa and rescued 40 victims who had been trafficked for illicit labour, many of whom were minors.

Border security against specialized crimes

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

  • People smuggling
  • Human trafficking
  • Stolen/lost travel documents, counterfeit documents, and altered documents
  • Foreign terrorist fighters
  • Drugs, firearms, illicit goods, stolen motor vehicles and stolen vessels
  • Smuggling of chemical, explosive, nuclear, biological, and radiological materials.
Border security operations

Border security for major events

Policing major events such a sports matches or political summits attended by thousands of spectators requires expert coordination skills. Member countries can call upon INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams (IMESTs) to assist them both ahead of the event in preparing security measures and during the event in coordinating and implementing them.

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.