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04 November 2016

Fake document detection focus of INTERPOL training

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Identifying fraudulent security documents was the focus of an INTERPOL training course held in Cambodia this week.

With terrorists and other criminals increasingly using fraudulent travel documents to cross international borders, the three-day (2-4 November) training course brought together immigration, border control officers and forensic document examiners from the region to develop knowledge on how to identify forged passports and other security documents.

Participants of the training – conducted by INTERPOL’s Counterfeit Currency and Security Documents unit and document examination experts from Regula – were updated on the latest document security features and printing techniques, the use of specialized equipment for examining documents, and INTERPOL’s policing capabilities which support member countries in preventing the use of fraudulent documents at borders.

“This training course is further evidence of INTERPOL’s continued efforts to build capacity in security document examination for the region, and also provides an opportunity for participants to meet with colleagues from across the ASEAN region to share their experiences, challenges and capabilities,” said Davuth Ly, Vice Chief of Staff of the Cambodian National Police.

Practical exercises were also conducted to develop the technical skills necessary to spot forged or other fraudulent documents, and INTERPOL’s technical platforms to assist law enforcement in detecting fake documents were presented.

These include the Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database which contains some 69 million records submitted by 175 countries; Dial-Doc which allows immigration and border officers to compare documents against recently detected fakes; and the Edison database which gives frontline officers access to detailed examples of genuine travel document to help detect fakes.

“INTERPOL’s activities to enhance the skills of frontline officers and forensic document examiners in Asia in detecting fraudulent documents could not be successful without the support of private sector partners such as Regula,” said James Anderson, INTERPOL’s Assistant Director of Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes.

In 2016, INTERPOL has provided training on identifying counterfeit security documents to more than 200 immigration, border officers, document examiners, prosecutors and other relevant participants from some 40 member countries.

Countries participating in this week’s training course were Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.