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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.

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

Operation Lionfish video report

Operation Lionfish photo report

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