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Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.

Operations

With the cooperation of international partners and member countries, INTERPOL runs border security operations with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross air, land, and sea borders. The operations target fraudulent documents that conceal true identity, travelers with INTERPOL notices and diffusions, and other specific crime areas of importance at borders.

This is done by extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOL’s databases to airports, ports, and land borders, and by drawing on INTERPOL’s expertise in a wide range of crime areas.

Border security against specialized crime areas

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.

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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 program supports these activities not only in the host country but also in neighboring or partner countries, helping to establish wider border security capabilities in the region.

The Border Management program supports these activities not only in the host country but also in neighboring or partner countries, helping to establish wider border security capabilities in the region.

News
14 December 2018

Fugitive investigations: enhancing interregional police cooperation


10 December 2018

Counter-terrorism meeting addresses border security in East Africa


09 November 2018

Japan funds project to boost transnational crime fighting in Laos


10 October 2018

US Attorney General discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Chief


04 October 2018

Bolivia presents INTERPOL Chief with award recognizing Organization’s work


03 October 2018

INTERPOL Chief accepts Peruvian award on behalf of Organization


16 August 2018

Border security across ASEAN region focus of INTERPOL programme


13 July 2018

INTERPOL-led Mediterranean operation closes ranks on foreign terrorist fighters


06 April 2018

Regions underpin our global police architecture – INTERPOL Chief


14 March 2018

Intelligence-led best practices to fight terrorism focus of INTERPOL training


12 March 2018

INTERPOL launches initiative to boost African security


16 November 2017

Keeping foreign terrorist fighters out of East Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting


20 October 2017

G7 Ministers call for sharing of battlefield data on terrorists via INTERPOL


29 September 2017

INTERPOL General Assembly adopts data processing policy on refugees


20 September 2017

INTERPOL capacity building programme targets human trafficking and trans-border crime in West Africa and Sahel


09 June 2017

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia nets internationally wanted suspects


18 May 2017

Suspected terrorist among 17 arrested during INTERPOL operation in Southeast Asia


21 April 2017

Thousands of police officers across Europe join INTERPOL operation against illicit firearms


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

Operation Lionfish video report

Operation Lionfish photo report

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