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Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.

Cooperation between INTERPOL and Frontex includes the provision of mutual assistance for intelligence-driven joint operations and fostering of research and development, production of joint intelligence products (reports, threat and risk assessments), and organization of joint training activities and conferences. 

Operational activities:

Since 2009, INTERPOL has assisted many Frontex operations at air, land, and sea borders within the European Union (EU), in close collaboration with both INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and border agencies of the countries in which the operations were conducted.

In 2017 alone, INTERPOL participated in five joint operations with Frontex, resulting in INTERPOL officers searching over 1 million people and travel documents against INTERPOL databases; these generated 35 positive hits for fugitives, terrorists, and other known serious criminals, 22 of whom would not have been known without INTERPOL’s participation at border points which do not systematically use some INTERPOL databases.

Operations have shown the need for a combination of greater use of INTERPOL databases at borders and new lines of communication between border authorities and their National Central Bureaus.

INTERPOL’s tools and services:

The role of INTERPOL in border security is not limited to data sharing and global databases. Under the UN-CTITF umbrella, INTERPOL chairs the Working Group on Border Management Related to Counter-Terrorism, playing a pivotal role in providing guidance to member countries on implementing the required legal, institutional and practical border control measures.

INTERPOL standards are also recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It has recommended its contracting States to promptly report accurate information on stolen, lost, and revoked travel documents to INTERPOL for inclusion in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database and that they should query, at entry and departure border control points, the travel documents of individuals travelling internationally against SLTD.

In addition, INTERPOL is undertaking border security activities under several externally funded projects which include capacity building and training elements, as well as operational activities delivered in partnership with donors and border entities.

INTERPOL and Frontex are enhancing their collaboration to strengthen the ability of police and border officers to authenticate travel and identity documents.

With increased mobility of people and goods across borders also facilitating the movement of criminals, INTERPOL and Frontex will leverage and increase international cooperation between border control and law enforcement authorities to tackle the global security challenges posed by document fraud.

The two organizations will expand their respective Dial-Doc and Quick Check Cards initiatives to improve frontline document checks and tackle document fraud, which facilitates serious crimes such as human trafficking and terrorism.

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