This project promotes effective border management and systematic use of INTERPOL’s databases in countries in the European Union, to combat terrorism and transnational crime.
Strengthening border security
Project IDEA, sponsored by the European Commission, helps selected EU member countries to secure their borders by strengthening their technical infrastructure and migrating to the latest versions of INTERPOL systems.
The ultimate aim is to better detect dangerous criminals and terrorists and prevent their travel.
In particular, INTERPOL’s database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) can help detect criminals trying to cross borders illegitimately.
Law enforcement officers at frontline locations around the world can scan a travel document against the SLTD database in real time to check its validity, then take any follow-up action that may be necessary.
Improving processes and standards
The technical aspect of the project will encompass a number of workshops, advisory groups and exchange visits among EU member countries. These will contribute to the improvement of processes and standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the use of the SLTD database.
Project IDEA raises awareness among the general public of the importance of keeping their ID and travel documents safe. Read more about the #DontRiskIt campaign which explains why travel documents are so valuable and why you should report their loss or theft immediately.
Stolen and lost passports are of immense value to fugitives and terrorists as they can use them to cross borders undetected. In several major terrorist attacks in recent decades, the perpetrators had travelled internationally using invalid passports to conceal their identity.
Once a passport or ID document has been reported as lost or stolen, it should not be used for travel. Even if you find your lost travel document again, do not attempt to travel on it. You could find yourself denied boarding and run the risk of identity theft.
Running from 2019 to 2020, Project IDEA is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police.
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