Border management

Fighting terrorism and transnational crime through effective border management.


With the cooperation of international partners, INTERPOL coordinates and supports border-security operations with the aim of disrupting criminals who seek to cross borders using fraudulent documents to conceal their true identity.

This is done by extending permanent or temporary access to INTERPOL’s databases to airports, sea and land borders, and by drawing on INTERPOL’s expertise in forensics, specialized training and investigative skills.

General border security

The Smuggling Training Operation Programme (STOP) targets people smuggling, illegal immigration, and cross-border movements of criminals.

The programme pairs screening operations at major but vulnerable air, sea, and land borders with training of local officers in the use of INTERPOL databases and border control skills.

Border security against specialized crime areas

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

  • terrorism;
  • trafficking in drugs, firearms, illicit goods, stolen motor vehicles and stolen vessels;
  • trafficking in 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 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.

21 October 2016

INTERPOL Chief warns of dangerous gaps in global screening for foreign terrorist fighters

14 September 2016

INTERPOL team helps safeguard ASEAN summit under EU-ASEAN programme

10 August 2016

Global response to terrorism must evolve with the threat - INTERPOL Chief

03 August 2016

INTERPOL team in Brazil to support security measures during Rio Olympics

13 June 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets crime suspects

08 June 2016

INTERPOL’s global network supporting Euro 2016 security

07 June 2016

Border management focus of INTERPOL training in West Africa

23 May 2016

INTERPOL and UNODC forge closer ties in combating transnational crime

29 April 2016

INTERPOL training to strengthen border management in West Africa

13 April 2016

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia targets terror suspects

01 April 2016

Effective information sharing underpins efforts against nuclear terrorism – INTERPOL Chief

25 March 2016

INTERPOL global resources supporting Brussels terror probe

19 March 2016

INTERPOL advises enhanced border vigilance following Abdeslam arrest

18 March 2016

Border security focus of INTERPOL training under EU-ASEAN programme

23 February 2016

INTERPOL and Europol take steps against organized crime behind migrant smuggling

15 February 2016

Enhancing port security in the Philippines focus of INTERPOL training

15 February 2016

Drugs, criminals, guns and gold intercepted in INTERPOL border operation in West Africa

13 January 2016

European Parliament President and INTERPOL Chief meet on security issues

11 January 2016

INTERPOL Chief says fight against terrorism at decisive stage

21 December 2015

Police cooperation focus of Ecuador Minister of Interior visit to INTERPOL

17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

11 December 2015

INTERPOL counter-terrorism training strengthens impact of UNSC sanctions in Southeast Asia

10 December 2015

INTERPOL team assists Philippines in securing APEC summit under EU-ASEAN programme

03 December 2015

INTERPOL training on detecting fake documents aims to enhance border security

03 December 2015

International security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Tunisia

02 December 2015

INTERPOL training focused on port security in the Philippines

20 November 2015

INTERPOL regional training in Cambodia aims to build ASEAN capacity against terrorism

20 November 2015

EU ministers call for access to INTERPOL’s databases at border points

12 November 2015

Global security needs to align with today’s threats – INTERPOL Chief at migration summit

06 November 2015

INTERPOL at G7 Roma-Lyon Group meeting: global terrorism threat requires global approach

06 November 2015

Regional cooperation key to INTERPOL operation targeting terrorist movements

04 November 2015

INTERPOL General Assembly endorses I-Checkit as innovative border management policing capability

02 November 2015

World’s police chiefs to address global threats at INTERPOL General Assembly in Rwanda

27 October 2015

INTERPOL training to boost border security in West Africa

20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

16 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum outlines steps against people smuggling

15 October 2015

INTERPOL-Europol forum targets migrant smuggling networks

08 October 2015

INTERPOL hosts first facial recognition symposium

06 October 2015

US task force report recognizes INTERPOL’s ‘crucial global tools’ in combating foreign terrorist fighter travel

17 September 2015

INTERPOL training aims to boost impact of UN Security Council Resolutions against terrorism in ASEAN region

04 August 2015

INTERPOL Chief offers continued support to ASEANAPOL to address regional and global security threats

31 July 2015

Strengthening West African border security focus of INTERPOL programme

16 July 2015

Increased information sharing to combat terrorism focus of German Interior Minister visit to INTERPOL

09 July 2015

Border security focus of visit to INTERPOL by Commander of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee

29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained

29 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief says ‘unprecedented’ foreign terrorist fighter threat requires global action

22 May 2015

INTERPOL training in Ghana aims to strengthen regional police capacity in border management

21 May 2015

INTERPOL Europe meeting develops regional collaboration against transnational crime

14 April 2015

Inaugural INTERPOL World forum focuses on innovation for global security

10 April 2015

INTERPOL border security operation targets criminals traveling in Southeast Asia

19 February 2015

Information sharing is a ‘tripwire’ against foreign terrorist fighters – INTERPOL Chief

29 January 2015

Foreign fighter threat to Europe requires global response says INTERPOL Chief

25 September 2014

INTERPOL global role against foreign terrorist fighters recognized in UN Resolution

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

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